February 2nd is Liichtmëssdag in Luxembourg. Kids make lanterns at school and carry them door to door, singing the “Léiwer Herrgottsblieschen” song and asking for candy.
When we first moved here, I didn’t know about Liichtmëssdag, so I was caught off guard but luckily I had a bag of American candy on hand and the kids seemed thrilled with it.
Tonight our doorbell rang just as we were about to eat dinner. For some reason, Hannah got really shy and only wanted to watch from upstairs.
Many of the kids speak English (along with Luxembourgish, French, and German) and Shawn told one little girl that her homemade lantern was really cool.
”I don’t know what that means,” she told him.
Then she went on, ”In the song, the children ask for ham and peas, but we would rather have sweets.”
I don’t blame them.
Who’d want to get ham and peas from complete strangers?
It’d be sorta like going to that one house who passes out oranges or toothbrushes on Trick-or-Treat.
So, while all our family and friends in America are waiting to see if the groundhog sees his shadow and getting ready for the big Super Bowl game, we’ll be over here with our candy and lanterns.
And our peas and ham.