Fall is my favorite season. Sure, I love the winter holidays, and summer is fabulous because of family vacations. I even enjoy spring with its temperate weather and beautiful flowers. But I love fall best. There is just something about the crisp air (after we get through the So. Cal September heat wave), back-to-school traditions and romping around the soccer fields on our busy weekends.
I love candy corn, and Halloween, and college football. I’ll even enjoy the occasional pumpkin spice latte. I like pulling out the jeans and boots and sweaters too – again, when it cools down a bit.
But there are a few things that just feel forced during the early weeks of fall. Or that simply don’t belong in fall at all. Really … here is my list of 10 things that need to be banished from fall. Be gone!
1. Christmas trees in every major retailer in September and October. It’s too freaking early and it gives me holiday anxiety. I get it. I need to start shopping. But stop!
2. Santa – you also need to hibernate. Or at least steer clear of the jolly red suit. Join us in December – not a month earlier.
3. Pumpkin spice overload. We don’t need pumpkin spice gum, pumpkin spice toothpaste or pumpkin spice lotions. There is more to fall than pumpkin spice flavorings, seriously.
4. Calories. For that matter, there are so many yummy treats in the fall – chili, muffins, tailgate goodies, pumpkin ales. Wouldn’t it be nice if the comfort foods didn’t come with the calories as well? Just saying.
5. Pressure to take the family picture. All of the photographers are offering their mini-sessions, which means it’s time for every mom to color-coordinate outfits and try to find a window of time to schedule an appointment. I think I might boycott this year.
6. 90-degree temps. I crave cooler temps, and California can remain toasty well into October. Those of you posting glorious pictures from the East Coast – I’m jealous.
7. Endless fundraisers. I suppose this is the time of year to fundraise for the school year, but I feel like I am writing checks every month into December. I’m broke!
8. Daylight savings time. Why must we still do this in 2014? It’s silly and painful and makes my evening commute unbearable. For some reason people just can’t drive in the dark.
9. Bad news. I know it can come at anytime, but I hate when people get bad news at the end of the year, especially around the holidays.
10. Narcissists. If there was ever a season to give back to others, this is it. Sometimes we whip through Thanksgiving and forget to embrace this wonderful season of gratitude and helping and paying it forward.
To get some more autumn feel-good stories, visit this week’s Monday’s Listicle series.