From delicious spiced treats to crunching fall leaves, cozy nights spent wrapped in warm, comfy throws, and the aroma of hearty soups simmering on the stove—fall is a beautiful time of year and offers many favorite pastimes and memories.

But hectic schedules and back-to-school tasks mean that far too often we find ourselves caught up in the busyness of day-to-day life. We neglect to take time to step back, even for a moment, and truly enjoy the beauty of the season. And just like that, before we know it, we’re turning the calendar into December!

Instead of arriving at Christmastime and wondering where it all went, it’s important to slow down and thoroughly immerse ourselves in the beauty of the season.

If you’d like to create an unforgettable fall this year, here are a few ways to slow down and savor all that this season has to offer!

1. Head Into the Great Outdoors

There’s a crisp coolness in the air when the leaves change colors. Fall means blissful sweater weather and is the perfect time to wrap up warm and go for an adventure. This year, why not plan to visit a pumpkin patch, corn maze, or apple orchard? Go with a friend, or make it a family day out. Fancy something a bit closer to home? Even taking a stroll through the woods can be a great way to slow down, breathe, and soak up the sights and beauty of autumn. Are the kids joining you? They’ll love to collect the best leaves to press when you get back home!

2. Bring the Outdoors In

There’s no mistaking it; fall is a spectacular time of year—with the leaves changing and the beautiful colors of autumn slowly coming into full swing. Why not celebrate some of fall’s bounty by bringing the outdoors in? Gather your fall favorites from outside and create arrangements throughout your home, or make a beautiful table centerpiece from succulents and autumn greens. Dress up your front entryway or porch with some pumpkins, gourds, and mums.

3. Wrap Up

Fall was made for wrapping up warm and snuggling on the couch! Spruce up your space with some new throws and pillows—or pull out your cozy favorites! Get ahold of a few good books or plan a movie night. Then wrap up warm and snug! Another fun way to welcome the season is to treat yourself to a new comfy sweater—a great way to help your wardrobe transition to fall!

4. Make Some Cider

Nothing says fall quite like some fresh apple cider! In addition to being a tasty treat, apple cider will warm your home with the aroma of fall. (Another idea is to simmer some apples, oranges, and spices on the stove.)

5. Get Social

Fall is a season to celebrate! And to think about all of the many things that we have to be thankful for. This includes friendship! Consider arranging some gatherings, low-key get-togethers, and a few trips to the coffee shop to catch up with friends. A great way to welcome in the season—and to spend some quality time with loved ones before the busy holidays arrive!

6. Write It Down

Finally, the very best way to ensure that your season doesn’t slip by unnoticed is by mapping everything out in a planner. If there’s something that you want to ensure that you do this season, whether that’s trying out a new pumpkin bread recipe with the kids, heading out to visit an apple orchard, or meeting up with friends, make sure you jot it down!

While it may seem like the season goes by especially fast, there are actually twelve weeks of fall—according to the calendar. Don’t let time slip away or the season go by unnoticed! Instead, take some time to live intentionally. Slow down, embrace the season, and thoroughly enjoy all that fall has to offer. Have fun creating new traditions and memories—and make fall something to truly look forward to every year.

What’s your favorite fall tradition?