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Article: The Story of the Jack O’Lantern: kids to eat more vegs

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Mount Vernon, KY

October 29, 2012
4:24 PM

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I carved out a turnip this evening and put a candle in it to make it a little lamp.
By the way you need to make the holes big so the flame gets enough oxygen to burn.

I wished I had done this years ago.

I have always raised turnips in the fall. I loved them as a child. My family barely touches them - I some times wonder why I bother with turnips and why don't they love them as much as I do???
Now my kids are grown, but tonight - I carved out the turnip and put a light in it. They were amused.

To my surprise - both of my adult kids did not know that the idea for Jack o' laterns started with turnips in Ireland or Scotland!!!!!!

How could they not know in this day and age of education and all the reading they have done.

Still it made an interesting evening and they were entertained.
Now I wonder if I had done the lamp thing years ago - I might have made them more interested in eating turnips too???

Of course I don't see how you could not love a good crisp - sweet turnip?

But if any of you have young ones -- this might be a good thing to do to get them to eat more vegetables.

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