“Remember, remember, the 5th of November, gunpowder, treason, and plot. I see no reason, why gunpowder treason, should ever be forgot.”
I think most people that have grown up in the U.K would recognise the Poem, and for me personally, it brings back fond memories of childhood visits to family or local organised Bonfire & Fireworks parties.
The day that Guy Fawkes tried to blow up The Houses of Parliament is a day to be remembered and commemorated, but in recent years, I have found less people embracing the occasion and a very anti-firework movement taking hold.
For us personally, we have never had fireworks ourselves. We have taken the children to friends and families houses for fireworks and they have always just ended up crying and being scared of them, so have never seen the point in spending money on them ourselves. I am on the fence as to whether I think they should just be for organised events or not. Whilst I agree that they can be dangerous when not treated properly, and they should NEVER be sold or given to children, if used correctly, they can be a nice way of celebrating as a family.
Where we live, there are a handful of local displays, but none are within walking distance of our house and all have abysmal parking so personally we have chosen not to attend them, instead opting to watch our neighbours fireworks from the comfort of our own home.
But we do still like to do something to commemorate the occasion ourselves.
This year, we decided to brave getting some Sparklers. A very stern talk was had with the children first, safety is by far the most important element to any Fireworks celebrations, and they were overseen the entire time. It was a short, fun activity for the kids to get them involved remembering this occasion.
Once the Sparklers had been spent and safely disposed of, it was time for traditional Bonfire Night fare.
Jacket Potatoes with Homemade Chilli, followed by Bonfire Toffee Apple Cake and squirty cream.
Our celebrations may have been minor compared to others but we still marked the occasion all the same, with a bit of education for the kids on the history of the date too.
Maybe next year we may brave a local Fireworks display………
(All opinions expressed here are my own and not intended to offend or spark controversy. This post contains no sponsored material)