Celebrating holidays in Germany has been a learning experience because, of course, there are different holidays and different traditions for common holidays.
I have been blessed by the hospitality of many people here and been invited to celebrate with them. For Christmas, for example, I was able to eat with two different families and see the kinds of things they do, while eating some traditional food.
Sometimes it was my turn to share about the U.S. For Thanksgiving, I invited some teacher friends over and attempted to cook something close to resembling Thanksgiving foods, though unfortunately the results weren't the best. Thanks to the amazing cafeteria at St. Olaf, I'm still learning how to cook.
For Halloween, I decided to invite my conversations classes to carve some pumpkins while eating some candy. We had a good time, though it was cold and dark, and got to talk a bit about how Halloween is celebrated in the U.S. Here are some of our creations (mine is on the left):