A Fall by Any Other Name
I have a bit of a bomb to drop on you guys today. I’m in the Florida Keys. Why did I keep this from you? Well, it just didn’t seem very fall-y to be jetting off to the Keys (albeit for work). I wasn’t getting any crisp, pumpkiny feelings about it and didn’t want to be posting fall, fall, fall, palm trees.
Juliet said, in the famous Shakespeare play, that a rose by any other name would smell as sweet, but I’m wondering if fall in any other area is still be as… fall? This seems trivial and silly, but hear me out. The entire four years that I lived in Nashville, I never really felt Christmas. It just didn’t get cold enough there for me to trigger any nostalgic feelings of the traditionally snowy holiday.
Similarly, in Florida, I am not feeling the fall. It made me wonder, do people that live in warmer climates year round feel the shift? Are there minutiae in the seasons that trigger memories and feelings of warmth?
It’s an interesting thought, that the temperature change brings with it the ebbs and flows of the year. We feel vibrant in the summer, cozy in the winter, and transition during the spring and fall. This is something I’ve lived with my whole life, so it’s not surprising that a brief stint in Nashville threw me for a loop. Although Nashville did experience a (warm) fall complete with changing leaves, I didn’t see the difference that location made on my holiday psyche until winter rolled around. I often said to anyone who would listen that I just didn’t ‘feel’ Christmasy.
Now, in ninety degree weather surrounded by sand and sun, I certainly don’t feel the fall, but maybe that’s just because I don’t know the subtle nuances. I’m happy to be here for the weekend, but eager to be back in the crisp northern air soon.
So, tell me…. have you ever lived in an area where you had trouble triggering holiday feelings? Was it weather based? Did you adjust over time? I’d love to know!
Have a fabulous Thursday!!
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