Halloween is an autumn holiday that Americans celebrate every year。 It means "holy evening，" and it comes every October 31， the evening before All Saints' Day。 However， it is not really a church holiday， it is a holiday for children mainly。
Every autumn， when the vegetables are ready to eat， children pick large orange pumpkins。 Then they cut faces in the pumpkins and put a burning candle inside。 It looks as if there were a person looking out of the pumpkin！ These lights are called jack—o'—lanterns， which means "Jack of the lantern"。
The children also put on strange masks and frightening costumes every Halloween。 Some children paint their faces to look like monsters。 Then they carry boxes or bags from house to house。 Every time they come to a new house， they say，"Trick or treat！ Money or eat！" The grown—ups put treat—money or candy in their bags。
Not only children， but most grown—ups also love Halloween and Halloween parties because on this day，they can disguise themselves as personages or ghost as their imaginations will lead them。 This bring them the satisfaction of being young。
This Thursday is Thanksgiving Day. The writer O’Henry called it the one day that is purely American. Thanksgiving is not a religious holiday. But it has ritual meaning. Some Americans attend religious services on the day before Thanksgiving or on Thanksgiving morning. Others travel long distances to be with their families. They have a large dinner which is the main part of the celebration. For many Americans, Thanksgiving is the only time when all members of the family gather.
The holiday is a time of family reunion. Thanksgiving week is generally one of the busiest travel times of the year. However, experts say this year probably will be different. On September 11th, thousands of people died when terrorists hijacked airplanes that struck buildings in Washington D.C. and New York City. Many people now say they are worried about flying on a plane.
Travel experts say almost 6 percent fewer people will make long trips this Thanksgiving compared with last year. Many Americans who usually visit family and friends by plane are driving shorter distances instead this week. Some mental health experts say the attacks have frightened people. They say people feel safer and happier close to home. More than any other holiday, Thanksgiving is a celebration of family and home. Many people say that this year they are especially thankful for their families and friends and the good things in their lives. On Thanksgiving, people enjoy a long day of cooking, eating and talking.
The traditional meal almost always includes the turkey with a bread mixture cooked inside. Other traditional Thanksgiving food served with turkey are sweet potatoes, cranberries and pumpkin pie. Stores are said to sell more food at Thanksgiving than at any other time of the year, and many people eat more food at Thanksgiving than at any other time of the year. Over the years, Americans have added new traditions to their Thanksgiving celebration. For example, a number off professional and university football games are played on Thanksgiving Day. Some of the games are broadcast on national television.
June 6th Thursday Sunny
This afternoon a young American friend called Mike came to our school. He visited our lab, library and school factory. At five o'clock he had a free talk with some of my classmates. I was lucky to be one of them.
Mike spoke English slowly and carefully, so we could understand what he said. We talked about our English study for about an hour. Before he left our school, I asked him in English, "What do you think of our school?" He answered with a smile, "Oh, it's wonderful!"
This is the first time for me to talk with a foreigner in English. English is really userful.
6月6日 星期四 晴
Los Angeles,known as LA,locates on the west coast of the states,which is the second largest city in America.West coast is known for the incredible weather year round.Days are longer here in August,and it's pretty warm in the evening,so summer is the best time to visit LA.There are a lot of stuff to see here in LA,for example,Hollywood,Disneyland and China Town as well as Korean town,etc.Basically,LA is one of the few international cities around the world,where you can taste authentic cuisines from many other countries.Southern California is a very relaxing place,people go to beach,museums and games just to escape from a week of hard working.You should definitely come here for your summer vacation.I will be your tour guide for sure.