Friday, October 12, 2007

Halloween in the Mother Land


I was sure that we were about to have a mutiny on our hands on October 31st, 1979. Here we were in the great United Kingdom , just a few miles outside the famous city of London and my crew were about ready to jump ship. The cries of "WHAT? NO TRICK OR TREATING" were heard all the way down to the kitchens of the Tudor Lodge. I'm sure of it. What makes me certain is because a small bag of sweets was deposited on both of the boys beds in their hotel room when they returned from school. I am not sure what mischief the cook thought these two small boys could get up to, but she took the hotel's slogan seriously...Our Aim is To Please our Guests, Young and Old...I had a hard time explaining to the boys that Trick or Treat was a strictly American tradition that I was pretty sure the candy companies thought up to sell their products. (I can be cynical at times...wait til you hear my conclusions on Mother's Day). I could be wrong, but I think it's pretty close to the mark that the holiday is a marketing ploy. Since most of the witches and goblins Vampires and ghosts came from England (What?) they could not be convinced that the English did not celebrate this next best holiday to Christmas. Since we were the only Americans at the Lodge we couldn't get others together for an impromptu party, so we took in a movie instead. It was there that Michael, our youngest, while munching on a box of popcorn, announced to everyone in the theater "hey! This popcorn has sugar on it!" Yes indeed, the popcorn had, not butter and salt, but sugar. Michael acted as if it were a plot against America, not only no trick or treat, but sugar on his popcorn. I could tell there was about to be a pout fest, so I instructed him, somewhat kindly, to pull his lip in before someone came along and built a patio on it. This achieved a sullen smile, but a sullen smile is better than no smile at all. The movie we saw slips my mind, but I believe there was a dog in it...nothing was chasing it, trying to kill it or attempting to fit it into a giant mouth, so I am assuming it wasn't a horror picture. I'm pretty sure it wasn't Lassie Come Home because Liz Taylor was no where to be seen. It must have been a lackluster affair because while I can remember nearly every minute of our time spent in that beautiful land, for the life of me I can't remember what movie we went to see on the first Halloween of our lives spent in another country. The director and producers should feel shame, and if I ever remember the name of the movie, I shall write to them and let them know I was less than impressed.

PS
thank you all so much for remembering Joey and Karen in your prayers...Kari and I will keep you posted on his condition...

10 comments:

vintage twist said...

Trick or treating is very new to us in the UK something we have copied from the USA. We used to do stuff like apple bobbing which I think is far more fun and safer(as long as noone holds your head under the water that is)

A said...

Yup, no halloween, no thanksgivings, or Martin luther King's day (what you say?) in Africa either.
But we do have boxing day (the day after Christmas) To this very day Aunt Sandie, I have absolutely no clue what that was. Only remember having an extra day of Christmas!

please, please tell us what your take on Mother's day is..don't hold back "neiver"!

Oh this is abbie (using my real gmail account, to lazy to switch)

Sandi McBride said...

Okay Abbie, I know that Boxing Day was a day given to the servants who had to work during Christmas festivities (According to my Grandmother) and also gifts of cash were given from the so-called upper classes to those less fortunate. (also according to my grandmother) I'm not sure why it's called boxing day, since pugilistic endevours do not necessarily occur on boxing day...I don't think it's set aside to return unwanted gifts to the shops...I tend to believe my Grandmother, Nancy Ellen Merriman Douglas, who taught school...we shall hope she was correct in her teachings.

Mary said...

Hi Sandi
I am praying for your nephew and his family I really hope for good news soon.I'm afraid I don't get the whole halloween thing but trick or treating is becoming a big thing here. We do eventually adopt all things from USA except Thanksgiving Hasn't that something to do with some tea and Boston? I love England and living here but I guess our ancestors did a lot of things we are not proud of.kat has posted today if you ahve not seen it yet. I cried when I read it.

Terri and Bob said...

You know, Halloween is fun but I don't think it is as popular as it was when I was a kid. I used to buy $30-$50 worth of candy and now I just buy a bag or two.

My mom always told me Boxing Day was when every one cleaned up from Christmas...its when you get the boxes out and store your stuff!

Sophie Honeysuckle said...

Hi Sandi, hope you are enjoying your weekend! Trick or treating is just becoming popular over here, if you visited here again, you might notice a difference!
As we speak we are making the sugar cookies from the book you sent me-they've just gone in the fridge to cool for an hour!! Sorry Kari-I'm baking again lol!!
Love also to Joey and Karen too-they are in my thoughts and prayers xxx

Mary said...

Hope you are OK Is there any news about Joey?

Sandy said...

I always missed trick or treaters when we lived in the UK as well. I still bought all the candy and we took our boys to the base to do some tricking and treating so they wouldn't miss out.
Continuing to pray for you and your family!
Have a wonderful week.
Blessings,
Sandy

Mary said...

So were you keeping it secret? 39 years of wedded bliss eh? Many congratulations.Hope you have a wonderful day and have found out that Joey has improved. Best wishes from us all Mary

Wanda said...

There was no trick or treating in England? I didn't know that. But there is now? Interesting.