In every calendar year, there are special dates which stand out, by tradition and popularity, as occasions to be celebrated.
As 2014 heads towards its final quarter and summer bows out, be cheered by the fact that three of the most important dates are ahead. Here’s an overview of the best of the seasonal celebrations in Fall/Winter:
October – Halloween
First up is Halloween, which is really just an excuse to have loads of fun. As we know, October 31 is a pretty big deal in the USA – said to be just behind New Year’s Eve and the Super Bowl in terms of the number of parties which are held to celebrate it.
Be prepared: whether you’re hosting a party or attending one after invitation, there’s usually only one cast-iron stipulation and that’s to dress up! No self-respecting Halloween party should dictate anything less than 100% fancy dress turnout from ALL guests. Go here for some scary costumes.
You’ll also need to have stocked up on plenty of treats, sweets and snacks to reward all visiting trick-or-treaters, and to have carved your pumpkin to place in a front window.
November – Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving Day is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November in the USA; this year that’s November 27. Why is it celebrated? You can read a bit more about that in this article. What Thanksgiving means to the majority of Americans is food, family and football, though not necessarily in that order! It’s traditional to serve turkey on the day, accompanied by a veritable ton of veg such as roast potatoes, sweet potatoes and pumpkin puree; dessert is very often pumpkin piece.
After the eating, or sometimes before, depending on when you chow down, a large part of the day might be spent watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, which is held every year in New York City. Or watching the NFL’s Thanksgiving Day games: three successive matches, this year featuring Detroit Lions v Chicago Bears, Dallas Cowboys v Philadelphia Eagles, San Francisco 49ers v Seattle Seahawks.
December – Christmas
Christmas is the big one to many Americans. Again, like Thanksgiving, food is a major feature but turkey has usually been reserved for that date in November so Christmas sees hams and beef, with liberal amounts of pie and plenty of egg nog. The celebrations don’t traditionally stretch to December 26 with Boxing Day often just a normal working day so make the most of Christmas Day itself.
Aside from Santa, singing and celebration, if you’re getting prepared for Christmas there’s one element to get it absolutely right above all others. And that’s the Christmas lights and decorations, both inside and outside the home. Inside is the domain of the Christmas tree, of course, but outside, the choice is yours. Go crazy! And many families in the USA do exactly that, choosing to unveil spectacular lights in the weeks before December 25. Take a look, if you will, at some of these awesome displays from last Christmas…