Making Memories

A re-post from last October…Shall we explore the issue a bit more?

Some people don’t.

But we do.

We embrace the traditions of Halloween.

Because it is fun.

I have been reading about the history of Halloween.

History.com says:

“Halloween’s origins date back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-in).The Celts, who lived 2,000 years ago in the area that is now Ireland, the United Kingdom, and northern France, celebrated their new year on November 1. This day marked the end of summer and the harvest and the beginning of the dark, cold winter, a time of year that was often associated with human death. Celts believed that on the night before the new year, the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred. On the night of October 31, they celebrated Samhain, when it was believed that the ghosts of the dead returned to earth. In addition to causing trouble and damaging crops, Celts thought that the presence of the otherworldly spirits made it easier for the Druids, or Celtic priests, to make predictions about the future. For a people entirely dependent on the volatile natural world, these prophecies were an important source of comfort and direction during the long, dark winter.”

Yes, its beginnings are troublesome.

But, as my sweet friend Janine recently said, “Christians have a wonderful tradition of taking pagan holidays and giving them new meaning of faith.”

Of this, History.com goes on to say:

“By the 800s, the influence of Christianity had spread into Celtic lands. In the seventh century, Pope Boniface IV designated November 1 All Saints’ Day, a time to honor saints and martyrs. It is widely believed today that the pope was attempting to replace the Celtic festival of the dead with a related, but church-sanctioned holiday. The celebration was also called All-hallows or All-hallowmas (from Middle English Alholowmesse meaning All Saints’ Day) and the night before it, the night of Samhain, began to be called All-hallows Eve and, eventually, Halloween. Even later, in A.D. 1000, the church would make November 2 All Souls’ Day, a day to honor the dead. It was celebrated similarly to Samhain, with big bonfires, parades, and dressing up in costumes as saints, angels, and devils. Together, the three celebrations, the eve of All Saints’, All Saints’, and All Souls’, were called Hallowmas.”

Friends, Christians have held these traditions since the 800s!

That said, I celebrate Halloween with my children because it is just plain fun. This tradition gets children exited like no other. There is just something magical about playing dress up. Oh, and getting a lot of candy.

We have our own traditions that make it special.

Carving our punkins’.

Lights.

Roasting punkin’ seeds.

Sharing the fun with our church friends.

Yes. The mummy is yours truly. They had so much fun wrapping me in T-paper!

Aren’t they beautiful?

I was really a pirate. Not a gypsy, as my husband insisted on calling me.

My dears, I grew up in a home that did not celebrate many holidays. Of any type. The one time my parents decided to let my siblings and I dress for Halloween was a disaster. What I take away from that these years later is: it is what you make it.

We try to make it about fun. And family.

And chocolate, of course.

Happy Halloween, Dear Ones. And to those who’d rather not, Happy All Saint’s Day.

Love to you all.

Comments

  1. says

    We always celebrated Halloween when I was growing up. It never occurred to me that there was anything wrong with it, so I continued the tradition with my own children.
    We always did it up big too!! I’m with you – it is such fun to dress up and get candy!!

  2. says

    I love the beautiful pumpkins, especially the one carved as a cross. Hope you guys have a wonderful time and get lots of candy.
    Sitka has an award for you on All Gods Creatures.
    andrea

  3. says

    Halloween in our family is going to a hard to get into resturant and then to a coffee shop for coffee, conversation and even an occasional dance. Last year NO ONE was out and about and we had a GREAT evening with our girls…best part…watching my hubby and our youngest dancing in Starbuck’s to Frank Sinatra…. We can hardly wait to go have a fun night….save the chocolate for me…

    Over the years our girls would dress up off and on…we always made sure they understood what the world was doing…some of the negative stuff but that there was lots of fun to be had….

  4. says

    Thank you, your the first person who sees nothing wrong with halloween!! It’s all about fun and getting candy and keeping it clean!! God bless you!!
    Jennifer

    P.S I love the pumpkins!!

  5. says

    Hi Laura! Thank you so much for your comments on my post. Yes dressing up in costumes and getting candy is fun. We Christians just need to come together to remove the evil that still takes place. Maybe we all just need to get together and come up with a new game plan. 🙂

    Have fun.

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