Yesterday, I took a visual tour of Fall on Pinterest. Beautiful red and orange trees. People wearing nice fuzzy sweaters. Hmmmm. I am ready for cooler weather. Of course, cooler weather isn’t on the calender until sometime in January. At that point, I realized that seasons in the South have nothing to do with temperature.
Seasons in the South:
- Football – this is the season we are currently enjoying. Alabama and Auburn both started playing about 2 weeks ago. The seasonal colors are proudly being displayed on homes, cars, and bodies. On Sunday afternoons, one can hear the screaming and yelling of grown men throughout the neighborhood. Strict social rules apply to this season. It is unfortunate that you have a friend or family member that roots for the other team, but you must not insult and taunt them. They are still your friends. Except on game day, all bets are off and don’t invite them over. This season lasts until the Iron Bowl in November.
- Christmas- This is my favorite season. It overlaps football just a tad. As a child the Christmas season started the day after Thanksgiving. That was the day the tree came out of the attic, along with all that glitters, and was decorated. Now, it starts the day after Halloween. There’s an old lady down the street who puts her tree up first. I never know when it will go up, but it has been my goal to beat her. Maybe this year. This season is marked by brightly colored lights wrapped around unsuspecting trees and large wooden cutouts covering the front lawn. Thankfully, the Nativity is still visible here. Christmas parties start filling the calender after Thanksgiving. People are lovingly stuffed with enough decadent food to cause the waistbands to tighten weeks before Christmas Eve. The season usually ends the day after Christmas. A few diehards hold out until Epiphany.
- Mardi Gras– This is the only floating holiday. Pun not intended, but it works! The season of Mardi Gras starts long before the actual parades begin to roll and it ends on Fat Tuesday. Fat Tuesday changes based on when Lent starts. Usually, February and March are prime Mardi Gras months. The season is marked by usually mild mannered adults screaming for a masked rider to toss them chocolate covered marshmallow pies and cheap plastic beads. Men present these beads to elegantly dressed ladies who normally wouldn’t accept something so cheap and tacky. Huge galas are planned nightly, celebrating the royalty of the group. A strict dress code is enforced. After the coronation, they party until the sun comes up and then crawl home because they can’t remember where they parked.
Summer- The longest lasting season in the South. This one is marked by temperatures. It’s hot and it lasts forever. Summer begins in mid-May and holds on with a sweaty fist until late September, sometimes October. It is characterized by high temperatures, oppressive humidity, and afternoon showers. Natives wear as little as socially acceptable and spend their time finding new ways to cool off. Fishing and swimming top the list. It is strongly advised not to leave the house in the middle of the day.
There you go. A brief explanation of the seasons in the South. They maybe somewhat different than yours. What season are you in?