In our slightly blue-collar, suburban neighborhood where we own our house in New Jersey, I used to smile in amusement at the seemingly coordinated home decorations which changed seasonally.
On January 1st, the Christmas decorations came down, and up went various “wintery” things. Perhaps a flag with a snowman. Or snowflakes on the door and windows.
On February 1st (or the nearest weekend), these were traded for hearts and cupids.
Then came shamrocks and leprechauns, then Easter bunnies and eggs, then a generic “spring” look – flowers, mainly.
Sometime in May, before Memorial Day, a red, white and blue theme dominated. This would stay up throughout summer and come down right after Labor Day.
For the fall, there would be bales of hay and corn stalks, pumpkins and mums. Many people added cobwebs and ghosts and fake tombstones for Halloween, then replaced these with cartoon turkeys on the windows and a cornucopia flag for Thanksgiving.
And of course, right after Thanksgiving, the Christmas decorations went up.
I did not do this. In fact, I haughtily referred to it as kitsch.
I still do not do this. Not so much because I think it’s low-brow any more, as because I’m just not that organized. And really, monthly changes are just a bit over-the-top, don’t you think? Isn’t a pretty, season-less look classier?
Have you seen my blog lately? Classy? Season-less?
No. I’m finding background designing to be addictive. Can’t just change the header, nope, have to change the whole thing.
I am kitsch. Oy vey.