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Winter holidays: We need more. [20131031|12:24]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
I love Halloween. Dressing up - and I sincerely think this may be a big reason why people have children, so they can put them in adorable costumes - carving pumpkins, making pie, eating candy. I love Thanksgiving, too, in spite of its appalling cultural associations. "Hey! Let's celebrate slaughtering and stealing the land of native peoples!" CRIKEY. But I do love the way the celebration is executed - it almost makes up for the origins of the tradition. It's not just the mountain of delicious food (although I confess I usually substitute chicken for turkey as I don't care much for turkey), it's that everyone makes a special effort to invite people, even ones they don't know very well, to their house for Thanksgiving. So unless you really don't want to have Thanksgiving dinner, you'll be able to choose to partake in someone's. Also, I enjoy having a special time carved out each year to express gratitude for the good things and to the good people in my life.

I love Non-Sectarian Festival Holiday aka Christmas, because mince pies, mulled wine, and my favourite British tradition, getting drunk at lunchtime with my work colleagues whilst wearing a stupid hat. New Year is fun too. But...why are these things all in a row? After that there is nothing in the Western calendar other than Valentine's Day, which can frankly go jump in a lake with boulders tied to its feet, until Easter. And there's still a lot of winter to get through.

I think we need to invent or adopt some more food-based festivals in January, February and March.

This post prompted by the amazing awesomeness sparked by the collision of Halloween and Diwali. (Photo not by me.)

ETA: Three favourite pumpkin-based videos.

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[User Picture]From: ursarctous
2013-10-31 13:08 (UTC)
Pancake Day, though! Pancake Day is my favourite.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2013-10-31 17:42 (UTC)
Ah yes! How could I forget! With lemon and sugar, om nom nom. Or Nutella, yum yum yum.
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[User Picture]From: cosmiccircus
2013-11-01 04:15 (UTC)
Please make my day and tell me that you dressed up this year?!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2013-11-04 11:45 (UTC)
Sadly, no. I had a piratical hat on during the day, but that was it. :(
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[User Picture]From: smallfurry
2013-11-04 02:10 (UTC)
don't forget Mardi Gras!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2013-11-04 11:47 (UTC)
Yes! Celebrated here as "Pancake Day", which is a delightful excuse to gorge on lemon & sugar crepes. :D
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