Actually, my favorite time of year began September 1st. Oh, don't get me wrong, I love summer. I love the sun, 90 degree temps, warm breezes. But September 1 through January 1 [sigh] is my absolute favorite. The hustle and bustle of the shopping season, the holidays, the festive parties, the colorful leaves, the pumpkins, the buckeye necklaces, the snow falling softly, the peacefulness of a winter morn, the hot chocolate, the cheerfulness, the wrapped presents, the costumes, the food, oh, the glorious food!, the lists!