11.10.2018

7 Ways to Make it Feel LIke Fall in the Tropics


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 I'm a missionary in La Ceiba, Honduras. We are two minutes from the Caribbean Sea and at the edge of a jungle. There are mountains, rivers, beaches, and islands. We basically live in paradise.  However, vacationing to paradise and living in paradise are two very different things. I guess we get used to it or take it for granted because, well, it's where we live. Every year when Fall happens in the U.S. everyone starts wearing scarves and boots but we still live in shorts and flip flops. I miss the cute and cozy winter clothes. Even though I was born and raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, which isn't much different from the climate here, we still had some nicer weather and all the Fall vibes. Seasons don't change much here. It's hot and hotter, rainy and rainier. So I vicariously live through all the pictures on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest wishing I was somewhere cooler; longing for those Louisiana fall days. I know there are many people in the Southernmost states that can identify perfectly with what I'm saying. So I thought I'd make a list of some of the things I do to make it "feel" like Fall even though it's 85 degrees out and not a dead leaf in sight.




1. Fall Fingernail Polish

One of the things I can do is follow the fall fingernail polish trends.  So instead of all my brightly colored summer colors I use the Fall "pumpkin spice" colors.  I can't wear scarves and boots but I can use the warm colors on my nails.

1. Homemade Potpourri

My mom used to make and burn stove top potpourri and the smell transfers me back to when I was a kid in the fall. It's super easy and makes the house smell so festive. Here's the recipe.

1 dried orange peel (cut up into small pieces)
1 dried lemon peel
1 dried grapefruit peel
2 or 3 cinnamon sticks
5 or 6 cloves
5 or 6 whole pieces of allspice

*You can also add slices of the fruits above

*Sometimes I add a few drops of essential oils (clove, cinnamon, lemon, orange) to make it a little stronger. Just put it in a small pot with some water and bring it to a light boil and your house will start to smell amazing in no time.

*You can use the same pot of potpourri for days. You just have to keep adding a little water and keep it on low so it doesn't burn.


2. Fall Fingernail Polish

One of the things I can do is follow the fall fingernail polish trends.  So instead of all my brightly colored summer colors I use the Fall "pumpkin spice" colors.  I can't wear scarves and boots but I can use the warm colors on my nails.


3. Drink Hot Chocolate

It's the only time of year I buy hot chocolate. We don't have many options. It's kinda expensive here but it's my little treat since there is no Starbucks or "fall" drinks at any coffee shops. Nothing like drinking some hot chocolate while watching an LSU football game or a Christmas movie on the Hallmark Channel to get you into the festive mood.

4. Fall/Thanksgiving Wallpapers and Screensavers

I put fall/Thanksgiving wallpapers and screensavers on all my devices and change them like every two weeks. So every time I look at my phone or other devices I'm reminded that somewhere it is Fall.

5. Bake

It's hard to bake in a house with no ac and 85-90 is the average year round temperature. We do occasionally get a cold front which makes it drop down to a whopping 70 degrees. We are able to wear long pants and socks and baking isn't as miserable. My kids love making cookies so it's a fun activity for the whole family.

6. Thanksgiving Bible Reading Plan

In the fall months I like to find Bible reading plans that focus on Thanksgiving. I usually pick one from YouVersion or find devotionals on Pinterest. I also do a Bible writing plan focused on Thanksgiving. My most recent blog post is all about Bible writing plans you can read it here Why it is Beneficial to Write the Word of God


7. Celebrate Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a North American holiday not celebrated in other countries. That being said people here do celebrate it a little more because of the amount of bilingual schools we have. Thanksgiving is taught in History class. It is celebrated at school and they give us a few days off. We always celebrate it in our home so that really does make it feel like Fall.


What do you do to make it feel more festive? I'd love to hear from you.