Start of the Festive Season
Here in London the open-air ice rinks are up and ready - and we've been out enjoying them. This is Stephen and Alice concentrating hard on trying not to fall over.
In London the start of the festive season is marked by the switching on of Christmas lights in busy shopping areas.
People in the United States celebrate Thanksgiving tomorrow. It's a secular holiday celebrating the harvest and giving people a reason to reflect and say thank you for the things and people they appreciate in life.
I read a blog that says people are using message boards to invite strangers into their homes to celebrate Thanksgiving this year. People who can't afford to make their own Thanksgiving dinners are being invited by kind strangers for a good meal.
What are you thankful for? Do you celebrate the harvest or the beginning of winter?
Words and phrases which might need explaining:
open-air - outside, not in a building
ice-rinks - skating rinks
festive season - the period from the end of November to early January when people celebrate Christmas, Thanksgiving, Hanuka and other holidays
secular - non-religious
reflect - to think seriously