I tend to forget how blessed I am to live in New Jersey. We’re smack dab in the middle of two of the best cities in the country, New York City and Philadelphia. We have the ocean on our side, the pine barrens in our belly and even mountains up north. But, my favorite part of living here is we get 4 real seasons. Winter, spring summer and fall all make an appearance here, and we get to enjoy each one for weeks or months at a time. Around Thanksgiving, the leaves start to turn smoldering colors of auburn, burgundy and even tangerine. I know that the holidays are on it’s way, when Mother Nature decides to paint her trees these glorious colors. My favorite Thanksgiving sight is the trees on fire.
Many may say that the big Thanksgiving spread is their favorite sight. Even the Christmas tree finally filling up the living room would be a top contender. For me, it’s the sight of the turning of leaves on one particular tree. This tree is housed right in our apartment complex, and each and every time it turns it’s bright orange glow, I gasp. My heart races. I smile wide. It’s time for the holidays. That marker gets me to pull the sweaters out from storage, schedule our trips to the apple orchard, and think of what fall and winter meals I can start making right then. It excites me.
I’ve had the pleasure of traveling all around the country, and all around the world. There’s no place like experiencing the Thanksgiving season at home. To sit under a brightly colored tree, reminiscing about the wonderful summer we had is a tradition I don’t want to ever lose. It’s the sight of Thanksgiving, and we make sure to give thanks each and every year.
This week, I’m linking up with Mama Knows It All, Houseful of Nicholes, Chewsy Lovers, Children of the Old School, and Notorious Spinks to share our versions of the spirit of the season. Be sure to check out their blogs for more holiday goodness.