vampmadness I was thinking just the other day to join my students in their treat or trick wanderings
I'm their teacher...I can use adult supervision as an excuse and steal them all the treats
We don't have Lowes and Home Depot here in Italy and Christmas outside decorations are not that big here. In some neighbourhoods, the classy or suburban ones, people hang lights and ribbons to the trees in the backyards or front gardens. Sometimes you can spot a garland here and there but there is no competition between neighbours...at least, not where I live now. Also the decorations dowtown are so serious, so..."British": green garlands, lights and red ribbons. No music, or very little.
In the South, where I was born and raised, Christmas is a very special time of the year so decorations are bigger and you can see lights and garlands on buildings terraces as well. We have also musicians visiting houses to play Christmas music and people gather - not only families but friends too - to celebrate together and play cards...I wish we could have singers, too. The songs in English seem to be a lot funnier. I usually cheer up my family with "Rudolph" and "Winter Wonderland"
I have a question for the Americans on this thread: do you have Christmas pudding in the US too? I know it's a typical English treat but I haven't never dared to cook it because I found the receip absolutely disgusting (no offence intended)