We’re approaching my favorite time of the year — collectively known as “the Holidays.” This begins with the Fall equinox and lumps together Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas nicely, like one long celebration!
The weather becomes cooler, which is a nice respite from this very hot past summer. And the leaves change colors, giving everything a festive look.
Pumpkin carving and pumpkin pie
First is Halloween which is a night of great fun. I remember my friends and I having the most fun making costumes from stuff in the house and I always enjoyed getting costumes together for my children and seeing what their friends created, too.
My favorite year was when Elizabeth was a witch, Cooper was Dracula, and Patrick a Devil. They all looked great but Patrick was less than scary wearing his glasses — maybe the Devil is nearsighted?
Thanksgiving is also a great time for family to gather just to be together. It’s a time for lots of good food and parades and football on the television and board games and catching up with good old in-person conversation instead of texts and emails and phone calls!
We also spent many wonderful Thanksgiving holidays at The Homestead Resort with Sam’s parents. We all have fond memories of those days.
It all comes back to camp
Somehow, though, this time of year reminds me of camp.
Mornings at camp frequently have an almost autumn-like quality to them — cool temperatures and cool breezes. There’s a peaceful feeling to camp at such times, much like the feelings I get this time of year.
Oh I know fall can also mean noisy football games, bustling tailgate and family parties, and of course school. But I prefer to think of the quiet and peace of this time of year and say a prayer of thanks that I can have this same feeling all summer long, every morning at camp.
Now I’d be less than honest if I didn’t admit Christmas is my most favorite holiday of all. It has its own special feelings of peace and love.
But right now, this time of year more than any other non-summer time, I’m reminded of all the joys and comfort we all find at Alleghany. . .a place I call home!
Happy Fall, everyone!
–Bonnie Dawson, Director of Special Events, Camp Alleghany for Girls