5 Things for Your Fall Bucket List
“Celebrations are the ritualized interruptions
in the continuum of daily life
which remind us of who we are,
where we came from and where we are going.”
I want more ritualized interruption, things that cause me to soak in each season of the year and enjoy time with the people in my life. Creating our summer bucket list helped me to celebrate all that I love about summer, from fireflies to fireworks. Our bucket list became a list of mini celebrations, happy planned interruptions in the continuum of daily life.
With a fall approaching, it’s time to create a new list of celebrations for a new season. Having a bucket list doesn’t mean you need to go broke doing expensive activities and it doesn’t require hours and hours of planning, it’s just capturing all you love about the season so that you slow down and enjoy those moments. Here are five things you can include in your fall bucket list to create meaningful mini-celebrations without going crazy:
Include the things you already have on your calendar. Near the end of November, most of us will eat large amounts of turkey and pie. Add it to your bucket list. Planning on going trick-or-treating? Add it to your list. Does someone in your family have a fall birthday? Add it to the list. You’re already going to have fun and celebrate. Put those things on your list so you can look forward with anticipation and look back and remember.
Include your hobbies or interests. My hobbies include baking, gardening and enjoying the outdoors, so my bucket list includes baking with seasonal ingredients, planting mums and hiking to enjoy the fall colors. If there are things you love to do, make sure you find time to enjoy them in each season.
Include your kids. Are there things about fall that you loved as a kid? Introduce those to your children. Adding something as simple as “jump in a pile of leaves” can move leaf raking from a chore, to a mini-celebration, at least for a little while. My oldest daughter loves hot chocolate. On the first cold day, we’ll get out our favorite mugs and the mini-marshmallows and drink hot chocolate together. Simple things done together are certainly worth celebrating.
Include traditions. Traditions help form the unique fabric of your family. Traditions are one of the ways we hand down the things we love and value from one generation to the next. It’s the “who we are, where we came from, and where we are going.” Maybe it’s making grandma’s pumpkin pie, or hiking your favorite trail, or apples and cider at an orchard. Whatever it is for your family, put it on the list and make a plan to do it. The strength of tradition is in repetition.
Include grace. Your bucket list is not a task list. No really, your bucket list is not a task list. Make the list, so you know what you want to do, post it where you’ll see it and remember, and enjoy doing things as they come. Celebrate the things you’ve done by adding stickers or check marks. Use your list to help you appreciate all that this season has to offer, but if you don’t get all or even most of it done, that’s ok too.
There are eight weeks until Christmas music is upon us. Until then, let’s celebrate this season, right now, with those we love and let’s do it simply, but intentionally.