I think that there is something to be said about staying in the now. And, this can be taken many different ways. What I'd like to focus on, though, is the season. Staying in Fall.
This can be difficult right now. Walk into any big box store and you'd swear that a new holiday had been introduced, under the radar like, while we were sleeping.
What exactly is Hallow-giving-mas?
Oh, wait, there are the clearance Back to School items that have been out since June... *eye roll*
Here is how we do it at our home:
On October 1st is when we put out our decorations for the holidays occurring in October. In this case, Halloween. Fall themed items are out as well, and they will stay out through the end of November.
We discuss Halloween costumes in October
We go to the pumpkin patch in October
We watch Halloween themed movies in October
We have traditions in place, we honor them for the unity of our family and to bond with our children. To teach them that family, time with family and traditions with family are important. That they are not lone ships at sea.
And, we do the same thing every year.
We go to the pumpkin patch (sometimes on Columbus Day when everyone is off).
We wait until the weekend before Halloween and carve our pumpkins, roast their seeds, make taffy apples and watch the Nightmare Before Christmas.
We will watch The Great Pumpkin.
We will go out as a family and trick or treat.
We will celebrate the moment, this exact time, because it is good.
We do not go to a "Halloween Land" pumpkin patch, we prefer one that in not overly commercialized. One where you have to actually pick your pumpkin off of its vine. One where you have to traipse through mud and dirt and sit on hay. One that connects you with nature, not with things.
We try not to purchase pre-made costumes, we prefer to make our own by some form or fashion.
We try to make it as simple and stress-free as possible, because it is good.