Today is Bonfire Night in England, also known as Guy Fawkes Night. For those who don’t know, it’s the celebration of the thwarting of a plan to blow up Parliament back in the 1600’s. To celebrate, people usually light bonfires and attend fireworks displays (these are mostly done on a large scale for the public to attend, rather than private bonfires at home, but fireworks are legal and most people do a small display at home).
Our kids are 4, 5 1/2 and 7 1/2 years old, and so far, we have decided not to stand out in the cold (and frequently rainy) weather with kids this age at the public displays but usually have a small celebration at home with our own fireworks and sparklers. It has worked for our family until now, but I think starting next year we’ll be braving the weather and attending a public event. As with most holidays, certain foods are associated with the celebration. We seem to have started a trend of having hot dogs and chips or jacket potatoes. Toffee apples are a traditional treat on Bonfire Night and we have modified that and have pieces of apple that we dip in a caramel sauce. Much easier to eat but with the same flavours.
What we didn’t realise is how quickly kids pick up on things and take them as fact. When Chris and I were making our shopping list, little voices piped up with ‘we’re having hot dogs tonight,’ and ‘Daddy, don’t forget the apples and cara-mil’. I had to smile listening to them and realising how quickly traditions are made and how much they mean to children. Sure, hot dogs are probably the worst food on the planet nutritionally, but once a year, I think I can give in and throw caution to the wind. (Having hot dogs is throwing caution to the wind…can you believe how exciting my life is?) LOL… For the sake of making memories that my kids will look back on nostalgically one day, I’ll enjoy my hot dog and I’ll stand out in the cold to watch fireworks. (This is something to get used to for me…my own memories of fireworks are in the hot July summers of the East coast in America.)
How about you? How do you celebrate Bonfire Night? Do you have any special foods or family traditions? Leave me a comment. I’d love to hear from you.