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Now that it’s fall, our family welcomes the change of season and we look forward to carrying on traditions that celebrate autumn, the natural colors and the holidays including trips to favorite spots, foods made from local harvests, and activities rooted in fall.

Pumpkins--from picking to cooking and carving--are a big part of Fall family traditions. Races?

Traditions connect our children with our personal and cultural history and form the memories they will later share with their friends and families. Stemming from religion, birthplace, seasons, or revolving around a treasured activity or possession, as parents we decide how to carry on, blend or create new traditions. They may be small or grand but it is the repetition and memories around the ritual that make them meaningful to us.

We savor, share and pass along these traditions to our children through our activities, storytelling, recipes, photographs, videos, or saved mementos.

A list of our Fall favorites

Creating your own traditions

I love hearing what and how other families celebrate this time of year. Over the years I have asked readers to share their favorites. Here’s a sample below — feel free to borrow, incorporate or pass along.

What are your favorite traditions this time of year?

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