Something for Next Year for “Guy Fawkes Day”

Unfortunately, I did my grocery shopping too late, so I missed a chance to utilize these helpful suggestions on how to celebrate Guy Fawkes Night according to one of my local grocery stores.


Hey, it turns out that Guy Fawkes lead the conspiracy and not Robert Catesby.   Who knew?  And Guy Fawkes also did some time travel too because the Kingdom of Britain did not exist until 1707.  I thought it was still the the Kingdom of England and Wales in 1605.  He must have used the TARDIS.  The Doctor never seems to go anywhere apart from London, as far as I have seen.

Regardless, so what are Americans supposed to do, since there are no fireworks, bonfires, nor parades around these parts (although there used to be in early colonial days in New England)?  Well, it looks like we are supposed to drink Irish tea with chocolate covered digestive “crackers”.  Perhaps we can snack on baked beans on top of Irish beer-flavored potato chips.  Sounds pretty lame.  Is that all?


The grocery store also gave an idea for a meal to fix along with some more specials.


Ah!  It’s Cinco de Noviembre!

Considering we have some of the best Mexican food in the Chicagoland area, this could work.  Instead of the bonfires, we can make Guy Fawkes into a piñata, fill him with a lot of that leftover Halloween candy, and have the kids hit him with sticks.  And we are always looking for reasons to set off fireworks and explosives.  This is America.

What do you think?

14 thoughts on “Something for Next Year for “Guy Fawkes Day”

  1. That’s so funny! This does nothing to improve the reputation of British food over there – on behalf of my nation, I would like to say that Guinness flavour chips, tea, baked beans and chocolate digestives are NOT a traditional Guy Fawkes night combo! Maybe the baked beans, I’ll let them have that one. And hey, at least they had a go at a bit of a history lesson, even if they didn’t get it quite right, so it’s not all bad.

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    1. My bachelor’s is in history, so I have more exacting standards. Just having a go isn’t enough. A quick Wikipedia fact check would have cleared that up.

      It’s like watching QI. As much as I enjoy the show, when they get to the American questions, half of them are wrong, and I have to keep reminding myself it is a light entertainment program.


      1. Well I haven’t eaten anything that once had four legs since childhood so I don’t have a good recipe to pass along. It’s essentially a chunky, thick stew of potatoes, onion and stewing steak. Some people use corned beef but the stewing steak is more traditional. And don’t be ashamed to not know of it as it’s a Scottish thing. I’m positive there are traditional American foods I’ve never heard of.


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