I know we are almost a month past Halloween and tomorrow is Thanskgiving in the States, but I wanted to post about our Halloween experience, or lack of it!
Leading up to October 31th, I was noticing a few stores with a very limited supply of costumes. There were no Halloween decorations covering every store front and display and there were hardly any pumpkins. I asked a few local french friends and they said Halloween is not really celebrated. The children had their first 2 week vacation from school during October 31st so we knew there would not be any school Halloween parties. Trick-or-treating is not done in our village of Sanilhac so…HORAAY, I did not have to buy any candy!!!!!! That part I loved!
The local LDS missionaries in the Nîmes area put together a last minute ward party! I thought this was a great way for these American young men to pass the time during a holiday that brings many traditions that might have them homesick! Jack and Sophie dressed up in their costumes: Sophie had one in her closet that we brought from the States and Jack had a Ninja costume we found last minute. (It was a huge challenge to find something for him. We ended up with a black Ninja costume that was 2 sizes too big.) The little ones were excited but we weren’t quite sure what to expect! The missionaries asked me to bring a dessert and BINGO.
We arrived at the church in Nîmes and had a great time. It was a nice change to be gathering as a group of friends playing games and sharing talents! The majority of French had never played Bingo or even knew how to play. It was fun! Then there was a bake-off. Man the competition was tough! Some people were sharing delicious french desserts! It was great! After this, we all enjoyed a talent show. There was singing, clapping and dancing. Jack, Sophie, Joseph and Emma Jerôme were the only dressed up children there. They had fun together!
We have a wonderful African friend, Rene, who is a professional musician. He brought his guitar and preformed for us and at one time we all were singing together. I was so grateful we were enjoying something completely different for Halloween. It made us all appreciate the traditions we have in America and also, grateful for new experiences!
PS. Our family didn’t even have one pumpkin this year! It was sad! I could not find any pumpkins until one day in the Carrefour there was a small box of them. They were 4.50 Euros each! I could not bring myself to buy one. Plus, they weren’t even that big! Oh well, I bought three chrysanthemums instead! So, I still had the colors of fall right out our kitchen french doors!