Year end, the time when families come together and celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas. I’ve been very fortunate to be able to celebrate ‘the american way’ with two families accepting me into their homes and treating me as family. I’m sad to announce I am leaving Texas and move to Georgia, to be closer to the office, and that sadness is largely due to the wonderful Texans I have met the past 2 years.
We celebrated Christmas by introducing the Flemish tradition of “Lukken” (a type of Belgian butter waffle) and Cointreau, to my American family. A Belgian family tradition they seemed to enjoy. Thank you for the wonderful times!
Halloween, celebrated on October 31st, is a tradition brought to the USA by Irish and Scottish immigrants. From personal experience, it seems that Halloween, for those around my age, is fairly similar to that other Irish-American holiday of Saint Patrick’s Day. You dress up (for the first time in 10 years in my case!), obviously, but other than that there seems to be a lot of alcohol involved…
It is amazing how much effort Americans spend on Halloween. All over town front yards and houses are covered in Halloween style, there is tons of candy for the children and people wear all kinds of cool or just very clever costumes. It is not just about the costume, it is also about the time and thought you put in a costume. Some costumes are pretty expensive, others really cheap. It is kinda cool to see how couples dress up to be ‘hot-dog and mustard’, for example. Lots of creativity and everything is possible.
Another great American experience to tick off my checklist