Changing seasons

Today’s Daily prompt is about the change in seasons and how we feel about it.

For many of us the seasons are changing, bouncing unpredictably between cold and warm. Are you glad to be moving into a new season, or wishing for one more week of the old?

Photographers, artists, poets: show us SEASONS.

Here in the UK we are moving from summer into autumn. We have been blessed with the best summer weather for years and the start of autumn has been mild. The last two days have turned out to be rather chilly as the wind has been blowing from the Arctic. I must look for my gloves and a hat!

We cannot choose the weather or the seasons so we may as well enjoy them

I am including some reflections on important dates in the calendar for the next few months, which I was working on in the minutes before the prompt was published.

There are a number of days in the year which are associated with particular activities. Sometimes these days turn into seasons.
Hallowe’en is 31 October. It is All Hallows Eve – the day before All Saints Day (1st November) and incidentally two days before All Souls’ Day.

I went to have my hair cut recently (8th October to be precise). The salon was decked out with artificial cobwebs, spiders, pumpkins, a greenish-faced head with long black hair on a stick. (I have to admit that looking at it in the mirror without my spectacles I though it was a hobby horse!)
I didn’t think to ask when they had decorated! They also (like so many other shops and restaurants) decorate in February for Valentine’s Day.

I live in a village and don’t spend much time walking round the nearest towns to notice changes which occur day by day. We are preparing for Harvest Festival here. It is quite different from similar celebrations in cities.  Here we see the harvest being “safely gathered in” with combine harvesters often working after dark if it is likely to rain. City children are often unaware of the source of their food. It comes from the supermarket, doesn’t it?

Hot on the heels of Hallowe’en is Bonfire Night. This is not an occasion for decorations, but it is another commercial opportunity for some shops.

Next comes Armistice Day, better known as Remembrance Day on 11th November.
Poppies are sold and worn to help disabled ex-servicemen and women. Two minutes silence are observed on a Sunday and on the actual day if it is not a Sunday.

Another noteworthy date in November is St Cecilia’s Day (22nd November). She is the patron saint of music. The commercial opportunity here is in the entertainment industry, especially in out-of-town locations where there are not regular concerts.
By the end of November Christmas is the main theme in most shops. Cards, presents and other seasonal goods have been appearing since August.

However, there is an overlooked season on the approach to Christmas. Advent begins on Advent Sunday. As there are four Sundays in Advent, the beginning of Advent may be in November. Advent calendars and Advent candles have 24 days from 1st December to Christmas Eve. They are the best known items for Advent. There are also books available which are intended to help people prepare for Christmas by recognising that Advent (like Lent) is a season of preparation and fasting before a Festival. Children’s activity books help them understand what Christmas is really about.

There is a motto which is becoming controversial with a new emphasis on Winter Holiday: Jesus is the reason for the season.