The change of seasons brings a change of available activities!
The emergence of fall is no different. Marked by harvest time and dropping leaves, fall is uniquely a time of abundance and a reminder that things don’t last forever. The following three fall activities are awe-inspiring to varying degrees. You choose how much as you get to embrace the experiences!
1) Crunching Leaves
Crunching leaves is the fall version of stopping to smell the roses. You’re never too old to enjoy simple pleasures. You can crunch leaves by forming a pile and then jumping in. You can crunch leaves in a business suit and dress shoes by moving your foot directly above a dried leaf as you walk. It doesn’t take much effort to participate. Though you will likely crunch leaves in the fall without trying, you can make a deliberate effort to enjoy the feel and sound of the crunch.
2) Arbor Day Farm
Arbor Lodge State Historical Park and Arbor Day Farm are open year-round, but visiting during harvest time is a special treat. Located in Nebraska City with no park permit required, it’s a nearby no/low-cost fun adventure. You can also pay to participate in extra experiences, like touring the historic mansion or galivanting through the Tree Adventure. In the fall, there are various harvest celebration activities, including the AppleJack Festival. You can pick your own apples or purchase some in the shop along with other goodies. Want to learn how people used to live back in the day? Take advantage of the Living History Weekend demonstrations. This is a place to visit either with the whole family, friends, or a special someone. Check out the links for dates and details!
3) Fall Holy Days
Celebrate the Fall Holy Days, or holidays, found in Leviticus 23. The ways to celebrate and when to celebrate vary greatly because they are based on the Jewish calendar. On the Feast of Trumpets, or Rosh Hashanah, the shofar is blown; a trumpet, kazoo, or rolled up piece of paper work, too. My family enjoys Jewish Style Sweet and Sour Brisket. The trumpets usher in the Ten Days of Repentance, a time of reflection and making things right with anyone you have a grievance with. This life reset culminates in the Day of Atonement, or Yom Kippur. This is the only holy day God calls His people to fast instead of feast. It is one day set apart from the rest of the year to solemnly consider our need for atonement and how Jesus has atoned for our sins. This is followed by the Feast of Booths, or Sukkot. It’s a week-long harvest party that celebrates abundance from God and commemorates the wilderness journey by constructing temporary “booths.” My family usually sets up a tent and spends at least one night in the temporary dwelling. The Feast of Booths, or Tabernacles, is also a time of celebrating God being with us. There is so much richness in the Jewish traditions that come from our current understanding of who Jesus is and the significance of what He did for us. I encourage you to look further into these holidays so you can learn and experience God in a way you haven’t before!
Fall is a season of reaping what was sown earlier and experiencing the death of some things so that new things can grow. Darkening, colder days are paired with the fall harvest. So grab your jeans and sweaters, and maybe a flashlight, and experience what fall has to offer that you can’t get any other time of year!
Happy Fall Y'all!
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