The “Ber” Months

There was a great meme floating around Facebook last week, counting down the days to the “ber” months: September, October, November, and December, also known as my favorite months of the year. 😉

IMG_1627This year, September also means it has been six months since our move south, and just over four months since we moved into our new home. It has taken a while, but the house is finally starting to feel like home.

Of course, Labor Day brought about a new question this year.  I have always decorated my house with fall decorations on Labor Day. I switch out the pillows and tablecloths in our living room and dining room from summery turquoise to rich cranberry.  I put out mums and other fall flowers.  I add a centerpiece of fall leaves and pumpkin candles.  You get the idea.

On October first, I add a few Halloween decorations. On November 1, Halloween goes away and Thanksgiving décor goes up.  But my favorite has always been September: basic decorations with the rich colors of fall.

This always worked for us.  We did, after all, live in Pennsylvania.  September brought cooler temps and, often, changing leaves. But, now we are in North Carolina. Leaves 2

A few days ago, I googled “when do leaves change colors in North Carolina”. The answer? Late October, early November.  Can I really decorate for fall two months before the leaves change? Or should I wait until October this year?

I was torn.  Our new house has a fireplace and a mantle, and I have been counting down the days to Labor Day since we first signed the lease almost a month before moving in. When I walked into this house, I immediately said that the wall with the fireplace and built-in shelves would be amazing in fall (and for Christmas, but I am not going there yet).

Yesterday, I was still debating when I walked into Sam’s Club for a few groceries and I saw rows of beautiful mums, just starting to bloom.  I have made the mistake of waiting too long to buy mums in the past, so I made sure to grab them right away.IMG_1453

Of course, once I had the mums, I couldn’t put them out without the rest of my fall decorations.  Ultimately, I decided to wait to change out my outdoor decorations (a wreath and a flag) for a few weeks so the neighbors don’t think I am insane, but inside, we are embracing the colors of fall. 🙂

What is your favorite season? Do you decorate your home for different seasons? If so, when do you put out your fall décor?

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Susi Borath finds time to write between minor league baseball games, creating new cookie recipes, trying out new Pinterest-inspired crafts, and juggling more laundry than any two people should be able to produce. You can find more about her at http://susiborath.com or follow @susiborath on Twitter.

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