I come from a furniture family. What exactly is a furniture family? I'll tell you. We think furniture. We speak furniture. We dream furniture. Some families adore cute German Shepards, some can sniff out great bargains anywhere, while others can tell you the make and model of every car on the road. My family? I was brought up to notice the furniture.
Young girls often daydream about their future with a handsome Prince and kiddies in tow, becoming the next Madonna- Britney Spears- or Hannah Montana (depending on the generation), or how they'll save humanity with the pill that cures cancer. I was the kid scouring through Home Furnishing Magazines determining if my style was modern or country, and if I'd paint my living room lavender, peach, or put up cream floral wallpaper. These were important things to think about at the age of nine.
Obsessive Compulsive? Maybe just a little. Don't judge me for it.
At least now I can channel my love for furniture and decorating towards something: MY JOB!!
I'm all about traditions. Especially holiday traditions. So much of the way I view the world today goes back to those early traditions my parents started with our little family. Today, years later, they are still a huge part of me.
To me, Halloween means fantasizing about my costume months in advance. It means my mother's homemade chili in bread bowls, family costume parties where we'd paint pumpkins, bob for apples, and have races eating donuts off string without using our hands. It means carving pumpkins on newspaper in our garage and throwing pumpkin goo on my little brother. It's watching scary movies on bales of hay in a barn, getting lost in corn mazes, and hunkering down late Halloween night to sort my Trick or Treat spoils.
Speaking of Halloween Traditions, check out some of the unique things that happen on Halloween all over the world! You might want to try some of them out yourself.....
- People leave their doors and windows open all night in Poland to welcome the spirits and souls of the dead.
- It's tradition in Germany to put knives away in order to ensure the safety of the visiting dead spirits.
- In Portugal, people celebrate at the local Cemetery with feasts of wine and chestnuts.
- Forget pumpkins! Kids in Scotland make Jack-O-Lanterns out of hollowed out turnips, potatoes, and large rutabagas.
- Bread, water, and a lighted lamp are traditionally left out on the table at bedtime in Austria to welcome the dead souls back to earth.
- In Mexico, it's tradition to light bonfires, firecrackers and candles to guide the souls of the dead home. People enjoy picnic lunches on the graves of their relatives, and children run through the streets with lanterns asking for coins.
- Teng Chieh, the Halloween festival in China, is a time where people place food and water in front of photographs of their relatives.
- In Spain, "Bones of the Holy" is a special pastry that is eaten on Halloween.
What Halloween traditions does YOUR family have??
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