Let’s admit it: Autumn is a depressing season.
The wildness of summer is over: shoes, haircuts, and stationary are the order of the day. Orderliness. Structure. Timetables. I find the fading of the year a jaded reminder of failed resolutions, aspirations and dreams. We have to become accustomed to a vampire existence devoid of sunlight.
Yeah, I can be a little hysterical.
Plus it gets super cold. My hands start cracking, my lips chap, I get sores around my nose caused by colds, and I just generally transform into a haggard old witch. And not a cool one like Professor McGonagall.
It’s important, therefore, to recall the highlights of the season and counter the impending gloom.
- Jam & chutney season
It’s harvest time. Enjoying chutney can, I think, be considered a hallmark of entering adulthood. Trees and hedgerows are bountiful with seasonal fruits – blackberries, apples, tomatoes, and plums. Blackberry and apple jam is, technically speaking, nom nom nom on toast.
- Cosy Jumpers
Snuggling up in jumpers/slankets/duvets/sheep onesies has to be one of the plus points of autumn. Find a beautiful selection of knitwear here to see you through autumn and beyond.
- Remember about Bonfire Night – 5th November
A seriously underrated celebration in British culture. Originally a festival for the survival of the monarchy (James I) against the attempted conspiracy by ‘evil’ Catholics such as Guido Fawkes, in the modern era it is all about FIRE. Sparklers. Bonfires. Fireworks. And a healthy dosage of mulled wine.
- Not feeling guilty about watching TV
You never shouldn’t feel guilty about indulging in a couch potato lifestyle. However, with the quality of TV improving – finally the return of Have I Got News For You – and the cloaking of darkness, television binging is acceptable again. Anything by Aaron Sorkin is genius.
- Fattening up for Winter
An essential part of the autumnal period. It’s important to build up a layer of fat to aid your body’s defences against the cold. Soups, stews, and – of course – chocolate. I think this theory is supported by some pretty scientific data.
- Halloween – 31st October
An autumnal event designed, in many ways, to contribute to the fattening-up process previously described. Further – Halloween is the one opportunity you can literally party your pyjamas. Or perhaps that’s just me.
- Thanksgiving & Canadian Thanksgiving
My university experience, for better or worse, introduced me to Americans. One perk is participating the celebration of Thanksgiving; it is very much food orientated. Thanksgiving is essentially the opportunity to eat as much as you like – à la Joey from Friends. Highlights include pumpkin pie, sour scones, turkey, and sweet potato dish adorned with marshmallows (not sure what it’s called). Hurry and make friends with homesick yanks before the 24th November.
- Winter Wardrobe
Aside from jumpers and blankets, bringing out your winter wardrobe is exciting. Who knows what you might find in your closet – the odd fiver, beautiful heeled boots, a dead animal?
- Pumpkin-based stuff
This might be a hangover from exposure to Americans, but I now get excited about pumpkin based products. Pumpkin pies, pumpkin soup, and the oh-so-basic pumpkin spied latte. Also pumpkin-carving is an activity not just to be enjoyed by children.
- Winter is Coming
And what that really means is: C H R I S T M A S. Be thankful we live in a world that isn’t always winter and never Christmas. And where James McAvoy exists.