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I’ve heard people say that they tend to get depressed easily during the autumn months. I’m not at all sure why this is, but I’ve read that it has something to do with less sunlight.
Personally, I’ve never had a problem with the autumn blues – quite the opposite, the crisp air, halloween, approaching holidays, leaves and autumn food all get together and stoke me like catnip does a cat. If I WERE to experience the blues, I think I’d (trusting the sunlight theory) pay a few visits to a tanning bed. Just a few, mind you, because I’m fond of the skin I live in and have no intention of abusing it. But I wouldn’t want to live inside of a funk either!
Here are a few other “pick me ups” that might just send the doldrums packing:
1. Go to a pumpkin patch.
2. Using a Gingerbread House pattern and recipe, prepare as usual, but decorate as a haunted house. Cut out pumpkins, ghosts, witches, and by all means, pipe on spider webs.
3. Carve pumpkins to resemble Lucy and Ricky, the 3 Stooges, or members of your family.
4. Make caramel or candy apples.
5. Bob for apples.
6. Go shopping for great children’s Halloween costumes, then take them to a local Goodwill or Salvation Army.
Or if money’s tight (is there another kind?!), you could probably round up a lot of donated white sheets and bizarre items and “fashion” the costumes yourself. You could turn it into a family, Sunday School or workplace project.
7. Check with local resthomes and see if they’d mind you bringing in carved pumpkins, decorations, Halloween-decorated cookies, candy, etc.
Numbers 6 and 7 will put smiles on your face AND lots of other faces as well. Man, it doesn’t get any better than that!
Make each moment count double,