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Traditions we cherish:

By:  Lynne Renaud, sales Associate

Lynne Renaud, Century 21 Sunset, Realtors Sales AssociateDid you know that the tradition of carving lanterns from vegetables – and most often turnips – existed throughout the British Isles? It was not until 1837 that the term Jack-o-lantern was uses to describe carved vegetable lanterns. In the United States carved pumpkin first signified the harvest season, but in 1850, it became associated with Halloween when John Greenleaf Whittier wrote: “The Pumpkin” Oh!- fruit loved of boyhood!-the old days recalling, When wood-grapes were purpling and brown nuts were falling! When ugly faces we carved in its skin, Glaring out through the dark with a candle within!


November 12, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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