Patrick was born in Detroit to Irish parents and has been in Sweden 3 years. We talk about Detroit, Swedish dog rules and of course St. Patrick’s Day!
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It’s that time of year again! 4th of July – and we’re spending it in Texas.
Let me write the equivalent of a school essay to help explain the 4th of July for those outside the U.S.:
What the 4th of July Means to Me
The Fourth of July means many things to me, but most importantly, it means snow cones. Without snow cones, America wouldn’t be the country it is today.
A lot of Americans say that 4th of July of America’s birthday. A lot of Americans also say that ketchup is a vegetable.
The United States celebrates freedom in many ways. One of those ways is to fry any food they want, be it Oreos, butter or cheesecake. Another way is to wear horribly inappropriate summer clothing that really shouldn’t be on bodies eating all that fried food.
But the most popular thing on the 4th of July is the fireworks. Americans like shiny, loud things. And after the fireworks, we all spend the next hour cursing our parking choices as we sit for an hour trying to get out of the lot with complaining kids in the backseat.
Happy 4th of July America! Now where did I put my mosquito spray?
There is no Thanksgiving in Sweden. I sincerely didn’t hope you read this title thinking that there was.
For we Americans who live here, we try to celebrate with family either on Thursday or the weekend that follows. The toughest part is getting the ingredients needed, but as the American community grows and more Swedes are exposed to our customs, the easier it is to find. Turkeys were extremely hard to find when I first came here. Now they are quite easy. The toughest things are cranberries and pumpkin pie filling. We didn’t even have pumpkins available 10 years ago, but now they finally sell them so I choose to freeze the filling and use it for my pie. My other option is to search out a can at some overpriced shop where I have to pay over 10 dollars a can. No joke!
Cranberries are also becoming easier. Just 5 years ago they started carrying them, but it was always the week AFTER Thanksgiving and then no one would buy them. We will see how they do this year, but I have noticed that they now sell frozen ones in case we can’t find fresh.
I also usually get a recording of the Macy’s parade and play it in the background of our dinner. The Swedes really enjoy the dance numbers.