As November first necessitates the removal of all kinds of ghouls, goblins, and ghostly Halloween décor, it can be a daunting task to add cheer to November’s gray skies. Plus, those in the north are storing their patio furniture for the winter, leaving lots of outdoor decorating schemes feeling empty. Many people feel torn; not wanting to jump the gun on Thanksgiving decorations and not at all ready for the red and green of late December.
But, November advents the season of family. Both Thanksgiving and the multitude of religious holidays happening in December all fall together: friends and families are opening their hearts and homes to provide comforting warmth from the cold. But, how do you translate that to your front porch?
Pineapples are an historic symbol of hospitality. Given as a gift to Christopher Columbus by the native people of Central America, the pineapple served as a sweet treat often presented to royals as a special gift. When sea-travelers returned home from their voyages, they would often impale pineapples unfit for eating on their porch railings. This advertised that the man of the house was home and eager to receive friends as visitors.
Today, placing pineapples around your home still gives the same welcoming feeling. The bright sweetness of a fresh and bright pineapple is perfect against the November chill. Placed in front door wreaths, the hardy variety will give punches of color.
As those in cooler climates finally retire their outdoor furniture for the season, adding pineapple outdoor décor will create a seamless transition. One way to do this permanently is through post caps. Pineapple post caps are traditional while still maintaining distinct personality. While post cap lights provide illumination, putting two pineapple post caps on either side of an entrance will give Colonial styling and welcoming feelings for guests.