Aside from being the parents of twins, we are also a multicultural family. While Super Mummy is born and bred British and myself hailing from the US, there are always going to be cultural differences and things we want to integrate or avoid in our family. For me, I look forward to introducing the twins to some of my traditions like Thanksgiving and Halloween, while they’ll also get a heavy dose of Guy Fawkes/Bonfire Night, Hogmanay from their British side. These bits of culture are important to have instilled as it is part of who they are and where they come from.
While we and they may not always live in the UK or US, it’s important that they have the traditions to carry with them to form a piece of their lives. As Fall descends, the “holiday season” is on its way, bringing traditional celebrations such as Halloween, Guy Fawkes Night, Thanksgiving, Christmas and Boxing Day to us in a few short weeks and months. These will all be firsts for the twins this year and ones that we will have to grow and explain as the years go by. It is unlikely that we’ll get as in-depth as detailing many aspects such, but instead introduce them to the fun aspects such as dressing up and trick-or-treating on Halloween, bundling up and watching the fireworks on Bonfire Night and getting the family together for a massive feast on Thanksgiving.
All of these are important traditions, even in a small way, as they are traditions that we were brought up with. Granted, sharing other multicultural traditions outside of holidays is important, it’s the yearly celebrations that form a basis for the traditions that we’ll instil in the twins and they’ll hopefully pass on to their families later in life.