fall foliage

Autumn

leaf clock

Introduction

Autumn. Cool, crisp air, beautiful colors that come out of hiding. The weather is not too hot and not too cold. Autumn, sometimes called fall, marks the end of summer, and the start of school. Who doesn't like autumn?

Holidays

Thanksgiving

a slice of pumpkin pie

Thanksgiving is a holiday where many people around the world get together with family and friends, and give thanks for what they have. Someone might be thankful for a home, food, or family. A tradition on Thanksgiving is for family members to have a huge dinner together, with turkey, pies, and other foods. Some generous people even like to go out and help those who are less fortunate by giving them food or clothing. Whatever people like to do, Thanksgiving is a great holiday.

  • The Libbys plant near Morton, Illinois makes 85 percent of the world's canned pumpkin, enough for over 90 million pumpkin pies each year.
  • Since Harry Truman, every president has pardoned (saved the life of) a turkey for Thanksgiving.
  • Instant mashed potatoes are used by food stylists as fake ice cream.
  • Pie was banned in 17th Century England because it was considered too pagan.

For more fun facts about Thanksgiving, go to this website: Thirteen surprising facts about your Thanksgiving groceries

Black Friday

mall

Black Friday is traditionally the day after Thanksgiving. On this day, many shops and department stores have huge sales on everything. Many people plan to go on massive shopping sprees with friends or family, and it is a good way to spend time with others while buying things that are usually not on sale. Some passionate shoppers even camp out in front of a store so that they can be among the first people to take advantage of the great deals. Many stores open earlier than usual and stay open late to accomodate for the frenzied shoppers. Many people do not consider Black Friday a holiday, but any shopper can tell you that it is!

  • Some people have been camping out at a California Best Buy since Nov 12.
  • The last few days of the holiday shopping season will get shoppers better deals than Black Friday.
  • 43% of Black Friday shoppers do NOT find the experience to be fun!
  • 37% of American adults will go shopping on Black Friday. That's more than 1 in 3 adults!

For more interesting statistics about this shopping holiday, go to this website: Stats about Black Friday that will blow your mind!

Halloween

Halloween store aisle

Halloween takes place on the 31st of October each year. In this holiday, many people like to dress up in costumes and go trick-or-treating around their neighborhood, knocking on doors and receiving candy. Costumes vary widely, from the generic princess costume, to whatever movie characters are popular that particular year. Candy abounds on Halloween week, and many people return home after hours of trick-or-treating with sacks of choclolate, candy, or other small gifts. Many families also light Jack-o-lanterns, which are hollowed out pumpkins lit up from the inside by candles. Here are some facts about Halloween:

  • Americans purchase nearly 600 million pounds of candy a year for Halloween.
    • That's about equal to 16 billion fun size Snickers bars or 158 trillion individual candy corns!
  • Over 10 percent of annual candy sales happen the days leading up to Halloween (almost $2 billion in sales).
  • An average American family spends $44 a year on Halloween candy.
  • A single trick-or-treater's load of candy could translate to about 11,000 calories.

For more interesting facts about this holiday, go to this website: Halloween Candy Facts

Seasonal Fruits and Vegetables

Everyone knows that there are benefits to eating fruits and vegetables that are in season. So here are some things you might not have known about each fruit or vegetable!

apple

  1. More than 2,500 varieties of apples are grown in the United States, but only the crabapple is native to North America.
  2. It takes about 36 apples to create only one gallon of apple cider.
  3. Apples are actually a member of the rose family!

pumpkin

  1. The word "pumpkin" first appeared in the 17th century when the Cinderella fairy tale was written.
  2. Pumpkins are grown all over the world on six of the seven continents. (Antarctica is the exception)
  3. Pumpkins were once believed to be a cure for freckles.

broccoli

  1. Thomas Jefferson, one of the founding fathers of the United States, was a fan of broccoli, importing the seeds from Italy to plant at Monticello. He recorded planting the vegetable there as early as May of 1767.
  2. Broccoli is very high in Vitamin C, making 1 cup of chopped broccoli the Vitamin C equivalent of an orange.
  3. Although it may be known as the "golden state", California produces 90% of our nations broccoli. Perhaps we should rename California as the "broccoli state."


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