How one describes this season might depend on where you live. Where I live, here in the Midwest, most people tend to say fall. In literary or scientific context, it’s generally referred to as autumn. This term is used in Great Britain, as well.
Just as we may have different names for the season, we also have different traditions during the season as well. Some of these traditions can be inexpensive, and some can be quite pricey.
We recently went apple picking, as part of tradition that we’re building. For the last 4 years, we have gone to local apple orchards to partake in the fun of getting food straight from nature. In the last 2 years, we have gone to a place which is about a 40 minute drive, so perhaps it’s not “local”, but it’s well worth the drive.
While there, we forked over $55 to pick apples and enjoy the festivities. Yes, that might seem like a lot of money, and it probably is if you just consider the apples.
Just how many apples did we pick up? 52, to be exact. So, if you calculate the cost on a per apple basis, it’s $1.06 each. Yes, I know, you can get them for less money at the grocery store. Plus, you don’t have to work for them either.
However, that work where the fun is. When you’re out there pushing a little cart, carrying your daughter with you, and seeing her face light up with excitement as we scour the trees for the “best” looking apples, it becomes worth it. It’s great family fun, getting excited our great finds, talking about the different varieties of apples (over a dozen at this orchard), and spending time outside. Additionally, it’s always neat for kids – especially those living in suburban or urban areas – to see food come directly from the source. It helps them learn to appreciate the value of natural, healthy foods.
Beyond the experience of picking the apples, the cost also included lots of delicious hot apple cider and tasty apple cider donuts. For kids, there was a a fun play area with a maze, petting zoo, and face painting.
When you add it all up, it’s not just the apples you get for your money, but the overall experience that builds family bonds and creates memories.
Money well spent!
Many fall traditions, on the other hand, can get quite pricey. For example, going to a pro or college football game can cost a lot of money, when you add up tickets, parking, and concessions. Another example is Halloween parties for grown-ups, where folks dress up in elaborate costumes and enjoy of evening of drinks and laughs. The last Hallowen party I went to, in 2008, cost well over $100 between the costumes and drinks.
I’d rather go to the apple orchard. Maybe it’s becuase of where I’m at in life these days:)
Do you have any similar fall traditions that you partake in each year? Are they a good value, or do you just splurge on some things?