Most Americans celebrate Thanksgiving. They enjoy lots of food and fellowship, dressing up, giving thanks. Some go about things very traditionally while some don't. But we Americans, if asked, can tell you when we celebrate Thanksgiving and why it was started.
Where we live, people don't celebrate the harvest, much less Thanksgiving. It was odd to me when we first moved here but only because I had forgotten that only Americans have Thanksgiving.In order to keep with our traditions, we have decided to celebrate turkey day each year. People come and eat and we all have loads of fun. But sadly, people from other cultures or other countries tend to associate pumpkins [along with a few other things] with Halloween.
My family doesn't celebrate Halloween and us kids were taught at a young age the meaning of Halloween. We never put up spooky decorations or carved anything related to Halloween on our pumpkins. It was all about the baking, making scare crows, and visiting the orchards. Everything we did at that time of year was to celebrate the harvest. The changing of the leaves. The autumn.
So when we moved away and continued our traditions, many people thought that our pumpkins, even the un-carved ones, meant that we celebrated Halloween.
Now that we've shared many stories about Thanksgiving and the history behind it all, many of our friends and especially my husband now understand. And now we can continue to carry on some of my family's traditions.
With that said, we carved our first pumpkin!!!
Can you guess what it is?