Today is apparently National Pumpkin Day for those who celebrate it, so we have this quick little doodlewash of a variety so you can choose your favorite. I don’t know of anyone who actually celebrates this day, but suggestions to do so include everything from pumpkin pudding to pumpkin lasagna. Of course, here in the States, pumpkins carved into jack-o-lanterns are all the rage so you can feel free to do that as well. Like many words, the word for pumpkin originates from a Greek word, pepon, which literally means “large melon.” For me, the significance is merely the arrival of my favorite season. Once the stacks of pumpkins start showing up, it’s a clear signal that autumn has officially arrived. And this little fact always manages to make me very happy.
When Philippe came here for the first time, he’d never carved a pumpkin. Halloween is not really something that’s celebrated in France so this tradition was brand new to him. Though he did it with glee several years ago, we’ve yet to replicate the experience. So, perhaps this year we’ll grab one on the weekend and make something suitable for a proper Halloween celebration. The actual carving of a pumpkin is really the most fun. After that you simply light it and look at it as it withers before your eyes. We made the mistake of carving one too early in our enthusiasm that first year and it was rather tragic by the time Halloween night arrived. A once rather happy face was suddenly disfigured and looking like someone who had missed the last several dental appointments.
This year, if it happens, we should have a lovely face to greet the holiday ahead. Part of the reason for extreme pumpkin deterioration is pure laziness and not wanting to deal with disposing of it. So, this new carved pumpkin will likely become something dark and unnatural in time to usher in Thanksgiving, another new holiday for my French partner. But, this is such a fabulous season here. It’s fun to have something new to celebrate at the end of each of the three final months of the year. Of course, I’m just biding my time until Christmas which is my absolute favorite time of the year. I’m like a child again and so excited to experience the magic. Each of these holidays brings me one step closer. Even the ones that nobody has ever heard of help usher in the end of year. So, may you all have a wonderful Pumpkin Day!