Black and orange, ghosts and goblins, and brightly lit jack-o-lanterns… Candy corn, candied apples, candy, candy, and more candy everywhere you look.
Not only is it the season that wreaks havoc on our diets, Halloween is the start of the season of seasons! It is like the first chapter in a book of seasons that takes us from October to April (or from witches on brooms to little yellow, melt-in-your-mouth, marshmallow chickens).
I get so excited about Halloween… not because of anything it represents, but more so because of what it introduces. It introduces us to the seasons of senses… Beginning with Halloween, our senses are almost on overload with everything we see, smell, hear, touch, and (my personal favorite) taste!
Each season touches each of the senses in a different way. For Halloween we see black cats, yellow moons, and orange jack-o-lanterns, and we see beautiful costumes on adorable children. We smell pumpkin spice and we hear the laughter of the young and tiny voices yelling “Trick or treat! Smell my feet!” We touch the guts of a pumpkin and sticky little hands that have been tasting chewy, chocolate chunks.
For Thanksgiving we see a cornucopia of color in oranges, browns, and greens. We smell the traditional turkey baking. We hear the laughter of our families enjoying the Macy’s parade and bowl games on TV. We touch the warm bread fresh from the oven, and we taste it all. We taste the turkey, we taste the bread, and we taste the sweet potatoes. We taste the cookies, we taste the fudge, and we taste the pumpkin pie. (I told you “taste” was my favorite sense!)
I must admit, Christmas is my favorite time of year. It’s appropriate for me that it falls almost in the middle of this season of seasons and senses. It’s like the mountain peak of holidays! As Christmas approaches we see lights, tinsel, beautiful ornaments on the tree. We smell evergreen and spruce, holly berries, and cinnamon. We hear church bells, jingle bells and beautiful holiday carols. We feel the softness of winter gloves and the crispness of stiff foil wrapping paper, and we taste… oh, we taste so many wonderful things that it’s hard for one to imagine. There’s a reason that Weight Watchers offers free enrollment on January 2nd.
Right on the heels of Christmas, only a week behind, is New Year ’s Day. Upon the arrival of the new year we see the ball drop in Time Square, we smell freshly popped firecrackers, and we hear voices asking “Should auld acquaintance be forgot and never brought to mind?” We touch our lips to the lips of others at stroke of midnight, and we eat black-eyed peas and cabbage to bring good fortune in the days ahead.
At Valentines we see hearts and cupids, we smell red roses, and we hear lots of love songs on the radio. We touch fuzzy stuffed animals, elegant jewelry, and other gifts from our loved ones, and we taste Russell Stover’s and Whitman’s chocolates.
At Mardi Gras we see purple, green and gold decorations and people masquerading in costumes of all types. We smell the beer on tap and the diesel fuel from truck floats. We hear crowds of people roaring almost in unison “Throw me something mister!” We touch beads and trinkets and toys tossed from the floats, and we taste Randazzo’s king cakes with cream cheese filling.
At Easter we see bonnets and dresses in beautiful pastel colors. We smell lilies lining the altar at church. We hear the sounds of children yelling “I’ve got one” as they pick up and touch construction-paper eggs that have been hidden in the gardens. We taste solid chocolate rabbits and jelly beans of all flavors.
October to April… Halloween to Easter… It’s the season of seasons and senses. Throughout the season of seasons, we see striking smiles, we smell fragrant flowers and food, we hear lots of laughter filled with love, we touch hands and hearts, and we taste delicious dishes and decadent desserts.
Friends, this is only the beginning. Welcome to the season of seasons and senses!