Now that Fall is officially here it got me thinking, I know everyone loves it when the leaves start to change colors, The ladies love the sweater weather, Football is back in full force  and I wanted to share the top 10 things about the Autumnal Equinox taking place now

  1. Americans typically refer to this time of year as “fall,” while the British use the word “autumn.” Historically, Fall was called “harvest” because of the “harvest moon” that occurs close to the autumn equinox.
  2. Fall is caused by the Earth’s tilt, not our distance from the sun. When the northern hemisphere tilts towards the sun, we get warmer. When it tilts away, we get colder. Fall and spring are the times of transition.
  3. Weight gain around this time of year may not be from all the food. Researchers have found that a lack of vitamin D reduces fat breakdown and triggers fat storage.
  4. Pumpkin spice has nothing to do with pumpkins. Pumpkin spice is actually the spice mix used for pumpkin pies–and doesn’t include any pumpkin.
  5. Fall colors are caused by the amount of sugar in leaves. The redder the leaf, the more sugar that leaf is storing.
  6. Fall is for lovers. More people go from “single” to “in a relationship” or “engaged” in fall than any other season.
  7. Ancient people wore Halloween costumes to hide from ghosts. The Celtic tradition believed that ghosts roamed the earth on Halloween. Wearing a disguise would help you hide from these spirits.
  8. Birds spend most of the fall migrating. Whether traveling from one state to another, from North America to South America, or from the North Pole to the South Pole, many birds spend this season traveling to mating grounds or finding food.
  9. Fall tourism brings in big money for New England states. The seasonal change brings around $3 billion to the small region.
  10. Children born in the fall are statistically better students and live longer. According to the UK Department of Education and the University of Chicago, Fall is the best time to be born.

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