Whether we admit it or not, the season and the changing weather dictate what we can and cannot do. They also change our eating habits and how we interact with each other. However, they also bring their own unique holidays and events that we always look forward to. One of the best times of the year is the Holiday season. This is the time from the beginning of Autumn to Christmas.
This time of year is among one of the best for daily gatherings. And what happens at family gatherings? Gifts and food. Yay. But it’s sometimes easy to run out of ideas or not know what to do with the options you have. So here are some alternative ideas for a great Holiday season.
Perhaps everyone’s favourite time of the year, Christmas, is beloved by people of all races and religions. Although it is a Christian holiday, Christmas is recognized as a beautiful time of the year when everyone can join in the giving spirit and encourage goodwill to all. Yet as we all know, rampant commercialism tends to put a bit of a spin on the festive period. Because of this, some say the holiday has lost all meaning.
Like any particular time of the year, Christmas is known for family and friend gatherings to eat. However, you don’t need to spend a fortune to bring joy to someone’s life. And not everyone is interested in the latest technological invention. So why not try an alternative gift of food and drink this year? Wellbox is known for delicious and healthy food gifting, yet their Christmas gifts are extra special. They’re full of seasonal food and drink such as nuts, mince pies and chutneys guaranteed to have the biggest Scrooge reaching for a silly jumper.
Halloween is almost upon us, and if you’re honest, you love it. This holiday is steeped in mystery, magic and myth. Yet, it is believed that it evolved from the ancient Celtic tradition of Samhain. Samhain marked the time of year when the realm of the living and the dead were said to be closest to each other. Therefore, spirits could cross over to our world. To ward off evil spirits, people would light bonfires and don scary costumes. Today, Halloween is a huge celebratory event.
While ancient traditions have somewhat disappeared, it allows us to have a little fun. While the children traditionally collect candy, who says adults cannot have some indulgence of their own? Impress your guests and loved ones with Halloween hampers that include such delights as chocolate pumpkins and sour spiders. Established manufacturers also release themed variations on believed products at this time of year. And if you’re feeling crafty, you could try your hand at homemade and bottled witch’s brew.
Of course, Halloween falls in the middle of one of the most memorable times of the year. Right in the middle of autumn. The nights are darker and draw in earlier. The sunset burns with orange hues, reflected in the sky. And brown leaves litter parks and pavements alike. It is just a beautiful time to be outside among the changing nature or cosying up inside with friends and family. And as beautiful as autumn is, like other seasons, it brings its bounty.
Seasonal eating isn’t for everyone since it requires knowledge of when to plant and harvest. You also need to know what to do with your ingredients. Fortunately, supermarkets have most vegetables in stock if you don’t have gardening space outside. Obviously, autumn is known as squash season, as evident by the invasion of pumpkins. Excellent for pie and soup, by the way. But other wonderful vegetables you can get at their best in autumn include sprouts, cabbages, potatoes, cauliflower and carrots. As luck would have it, these are all the ingredients for an epic Sunday roast.