While taking my morning walk the other day, I noticed a small flag in my neighbor’s flower bed. It depicted a scene of a starfish, beach towel, and flip flops. Definitely, a summer banner if I’ve ever seen one. Over the past few years, more and more of these little flags have sprung up all over the neighborhood. As I stroll around the block, I’ve taken note of the houses that put out these flags. I always enjoy seeing what comes next. It has become a way to recognize the passing of the seasons without going overboard on outdoor decorations.
When you really think about it, with the exception of Christmas and Halloween, there’s not many exterior trimmings for most holidays or the current season. O sure, there’s the occasional wreath of flowers on a front door, indicating that spring or summer has finally sprung. Or maybe some window clings, put up by a second-grader, to celebrate Valentine’s Day or St. Patrick’s Day. However, when it comes to determining what time of year it is, you can’t beat these little banners. Plus, they add a nostalgic feel to the neighborhood, which I personally love.
These seasonal markers are available at your local hardware store or many online retailers. They come in many different sizes and varieties. The one I’m looking at right now says Welcome with a bunch of daisies in the background. If you’ve read any of my previous articles about Fall, you’ll know it’s my favorite season, by far. Outside of a leaf wreath for our front door, we don’t really have any Autumn decorations. So, I think I’ll start my seasonal flag collection with a Fall flag. I’ll put it out the day after Labor Day, the unofficial start of the football and pumpkin spice season. Can’t wait.
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