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I wonder how other people deal with this.

I have been living here (moved from the east coast) since 2005. We sort of have fall, but the leaves don't really all change until December (they start sporadically in October) and it's not that many of them...deciduous trees are deliberately planted around here specifically for the variety; they're not the majority. So even at Christmas there is still a lot of green everywhere.

It also is very, very, very hot until probably at least mid-October, at which time it drops "down" to the high 70s. (!!!)

I'm sad to discover that this year, I'm not as "into" putting up my autumnal decorations. It doesn't feel like fall and my decorations look so out of place. The first year I was here I went crazy--silk autumn leaves everywhere, wheat stalks, the whole nine. Nobody else followed my lead and if anything, I think my neighbors just hated me for not "loving" how things really are here and trying to change everything.

I am sad, sad, sad that I don't have that fall "feeling". I will feel like a moron putting up leaves and pumpkins and marigolds in September. I was going to do autumn stuff this month and Halloween stuff (specifically) next month but now I feel like, Why bother?

Does anyone else feel this way? I have always loved this holiday AND time of year so much and I don't want to lose it. :( I am very, very sad right now.
 

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Yes. Weather is the top reason my wife and I are planning a move soon. Too hot. Too humid. I want my son to experience fall and winter. I know exactly how you feel. (as I've said probably 10 times on this forum :D)
 

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I'm in Arkansas, so I kind of understand. I know there are some years, I have put up Christmas decorations the first week of December with the windows open and fans going!!
 

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I live in Fort Lauderdale, FL and was born and raised here. I'm now in my forties, so I really never knew Fall. I still hope one day to travel to New England, and get to experience it.
 

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you know CM,
I was born and raised in South Florida so I understand, perfectly. I also spent 10yrs in Raleigh (I loved NC!!!) before moving back here.

There are years i am outside putting up halloween decorations using every 4 letter word you can think of because I have sweat in my eyes, LOL!

I think everyone goes thru a "BLAH" period...I did for a couple of years especially after "Party giving" burn out..

Then I had something hit me... I LOVE this holiday. It is one of the things that TRULY makes me HAPPY... So I crank the he-- out of my AC and deal with the heat. I ignore it as much as possible... I put my outside stuff up either early in the morning or after the sun is gone.

The weather (nor my blah no halloween decorating neighbors) are going to take a holiday from me I LOVE... I will continue to decorate as much as I want to..After all I do it for the kids, and I am a LARGE child.

I hope your "Spirit" picks up. Not much you can do about the weather, but you can do for you :D

I have spent more years sweating thru Halloween then I have in cool "Fall" like and cold, temps hehehe- but it's WHAT I make of it I guess...
 

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I'm from West Texas and as we say here we have four seasons also. Winter, Almost Summer, Summer and Still summer. I Sept the temp starts to drop but we still have green leaves into October sometimes unless we get a hard cold front off the Rockies. Luckily though it still starts to feel like autumn the leaves may not change but the air gets crisper and the days start to get shorter. It seldom feels like a true fall but also are in an area of extremes 110 in the summer itsn't uncommon and low 20's in the winter is just as likely.

I just go with and still put out the autumn decorations. And every year I celebrate Halloween and have a good time doing it it may not be the picturesque autumn but it's what we have here.
 

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here in Cali, where I have lived my entire life, we have a different kind of weather for sure. Summer lasts until September here, and Fall is really October-December, with January and Feb being our "winter" months. If you look at the history of weather in this region, it varies from about 56 in the winter to 86 in the summer (although today it's 104!!)... Not really a lot of variation as far as weather goes. It's cool, and hot. That's it. We don't have cold weather... Not really anyways.

With that said, I absolutely LOVE that our weather stays the same all year round. I don't have to shovel snow, or worry that my windshields will be completely iced over every morning, or worry about damage caused by the 'weather'. If I am REALLY jonsing for some winter weather, I can always take a drive up to the local mountains for the day, and get my fill of it. I live in San Diego, and fortunately its about a 90 minute drive to the mountains to experience weather... and what's better, is later in the day I can still hit the beach for some sunshine and surf (if the water is still warm enough).

You can't let other people dictate how you celebrate any holiday or season. If you want to put stuff out in September, then by all means please do so. I personally don't put out anything until October 1st, but that is just me. I then usually leave up all the "fall" decor left from halloween until Thanksgiving, when it gets switched to Christmas stuff. I don't know, but for me, I like to keep the crazy decor going for a full 3 months, and not have a break in there anywhere. =) just my opinion though. take it with a grain of salt.
 

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I am from Kentucky, where they have 4 seasons.

I live in Houston, TX which is, I believe, one of the most horrible places to live for weather. :mad: :(

Hot, humidity you could practically see and maybe 2 weeks of "winter" where the locals pull out the parkas and ski masks since it dipped into the 50s. ;)


I HATE HATE HATE the fact that there is no fall or winter. I miss it so very much. It took me several years to get over the absence of fall foliage, that autumn "snap" and smell that cold weather gets.

You do adjust eventually. If you plan on staying there long-term, the other seasonal cues start working for you - decorating will start seeming "right" when it's that time of year. :)

(I would love to move further north in any direction - maybe in a few years. ;) )
 

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Frankie... where in KY are you from. My wife and I are going up there in January and most likely moving up there next year (Wilmore area)
 

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I'm a LONGTIME Southern California native. I spent two years in Germany in the Army years ago and got my fill of "seasons" for life. It made me appreciate Ca that much more. We pretty much have variations of Spring and Summer all year long. We usually get some drizzle or a light rain or two in October, plus one or two wind storms. By Halloween night its always chilly and sometimes foggy at night.

It's all just a matter of aclimation, IMO. Imagine what it's like in Hawaii this time of the year. I've never associated Halloween with the color of leaves so to me one has nothing to do with the other.

The upside is that my son and I spend most of Sep and all of Oct building our haunt wearing tshirts, shorts and heavy perspiration. Only the Santa Ana winds keep us indoors - unless we're having to do quick repairs to limit wind damage.

I live in close to a weather paradise and I appreciate it. :)
 

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I'm from Mississippi... here we have cool, warm, and HOT, those are our 3 seasons... it doesn't really get cool here until late October/early November and I can't tell you how many times I've been outside swimming at our lake during Christmas.

...that being said, go all out if you want to, do autumn everything! I've never really experienced it for a full season (just while traveling out of state) and it sounds really awesome. ...that being said, when I do put out my Halloween stuff I try to put all of it out at night. ...also that looks cool when the neighbors come out the next day and BAM it's Halloween stuff everywhere.
 

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I'm north central Texas, born and raised so it's all I know. Some years, we get actual fall. Some years we don't. Either way, I put out my fall decorations. If it's 90 degrees, I turn down the ac, light some candles, and pretend. If it's 60 degrees, I do a happy fall dance! Either way, it's all good!
 

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Frankie... where in KY are you from. My wife and I are going up there in January and most likely moving up there next year (Wilmore area)
Hey, DeadTed, I'm poking my head in where I don't belong (definitely don't live in a hot climate here in Ohio), but I know exactly where you're talking about--I went to college there. It's a great little town. I miss it a lot, especially this time of year. I definitely spent a number of fall evenings strolling through town and looking at the changing leaves, so you'll get your wish for fall if you move there! Let me know if you have any questions about the area or the school!
 

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I can feel your pain...im orginally from Ohio(Go buckeyes) anywhoo, we moved to Texas in '96 and its Hot as the devil here...we have hot summers, No fall, cold(cause of windchills) winters but no snow:( i have never seen as worst weather as it is here...i have to watch what i put upstairs cause most Texas homes have no basement,( another downfall), so u have to watch what is in your attic as it dont melt...all of my 6-footers,wires,cords,lamps, and such r in my closets down here..dont ask..clothes r litterally stacked on top...lol..and i just ordered another 6 footer either hes going in my closets now or under my bed..lol....try not to let weather dampen your spirit...Halloween is great time of year!!I just the smells and nothing better c-eing ppls homes decorated..granted its not like when i was a kid...but it can b as fun as u want it to b....Good Luck and Happy Haunting!!
 

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I say embrace the weather and still do the Autumnal decorations: paint some sunglasses on the pumpkins and stake some beach umbrellas over the marigolds. :D

Mind you, this is coming from someone who had a panic attack when he drove to his hotel in middle of nowhere Ohio because there were no tall buildings, the land was too flat, and everything was too open. I'm not good with other climates or landscapes that don't change leaf colors and are prone to earthquakes and/or tornadoes.
 

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I wonder how other people deal with this.
I have been living here (moved from the east coast) since 2005. We sort of have fall, but the leaves don't really all change until December....
It also is very, very, very hot until probably at least mid-October, at which time it drops "down" to the high 70s.... It doesn't feel like fall and my decorations look so out of place.... Nobody else followed my lead and if anything, I think my neighbors just hated me for not "loving" how things really are here and trying to change everything....I am sad, sad, sad that I don't have that fall "feeling"...I feel like, Why bother?....Does anyone else feel this way? I have always loved this holiday AND time of year so much and I don't want to lose it. :( I am very, very sad right now.
Hey Melanie,

I understand. I live in a warmer climate too (south Florida & it's humid). I lived in a colder climate too (Columbus, Ohio for 2 years) and it was wonderful. I understand it's easy to miss all of that- the changing of the leaves, the excitement of the cooler weather, pumpkin festivals, etc.
Hey--don't let yourself get so down.:) You can still have fun even though it's not cold. My two cents (if you want to hear it) - Concentrate on what you love about the holiday and do whatever that is, instead of focusing on what's it's not. It's all in one's perspective.
Take care!


 

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C'mon, guys, don't cop out because of climate. Picture living in Samoa, coconut palms, mangoes, papayas, white sandy beaches. Do Hallowe'en decorations and props look out-of-place? Not on your life!
 

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C'mon, guys, don't cop out because of climate. Picture living in Samoa, coconut palms, mangoes, papayas, white sandy beaches. Do Hallowe'en decorations and props look out-of-place? Not on your life!
Yeah! What the wolfman said!
 

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I agree with ManditheWitch in regards to the seasons in so CA. We definitely have seasons, but they're pretty subtle and they run later than most places in the US. September is definitely NOT part of fall though. It can be HOTHOTHOT in Sept. I think summer and fall are battling it out over who is going to keep/take control. We get the heat from summer, and then couple that with the start of the Santa Ana winds and you can get a real cooker. But in October, it can be hot but it's a different heat. Especially with the Santa Ana's. Some people hate that dry air, but I don't. There's an electricity in the air that you don't get the rest of the year. And the nights cool down compared with the summer. Definitely a different feel in the air, but subtle.

I'd say go ahead and decorate! Whatever makes you happy. One thing you could do to get yourself more in the mood is take a few day trips to various points in the mountains. Oak Glen out in Cherry Valley has apple harvesting in the fall, and they decorate it up...and up in Big Bear they have Octoberfest (in Oct obviously). Even just a drive in the mtns can help get a more autumn feel. I'm not sure where you're at, there may be something closer you could try.

Good luck, and decorate away!
 
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