Halloween — A Search For New Meaning

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October seems to have been taken over by this "holiday". I'm more about the season, fall, autumn, harvest. Oh! and it is my birth month. So I know there is a lot wrapped up in this month.


My husband and I decided when our first was a baby we were not going to do the Trick or Treat thing. His statement was, "I don't want my kids begging for candy." I felt a bit weird about it, myself. We lived in a large city and really didn't know anyone. My mom-in-law just had to buy the Halloween Hallmark cards and made sure that the kids knew what they were missing. I hope to be more respectful of my kids and their wishes. It has been a common theme throughout our marriage, she still at 80yr tries to control the happenings in my home.


My religious side took over the holiday and last year we had a blast. No the kids did not go Trick or Treating door to door. I did let the younger 3 go to the community Halloween Party. They enjoyed themselves and it was safe. So much of celebrations that we have today are derived from something totally different that what they were intended. If  you look up All Hallows Eve on Wikipedia you will find this:

Halloween

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

(Redirected from All Hallows Eve)

Halloween (or Hallowe'en) is an annual holiday observed on October 31, primarily in the United StatesCanadaIreland, and the United Kingdom. It has roots in the Celtic festival of  ="Samhain">Samhain and the Christian holiday All Saints' Day, but is today largely a secular celebration.
Common Halloween activities include trick-or-treating, wearing costumes and attending costume parties, carving jack-o'-lanternsghost toursbonfires,apple bobbing, visiting haunted attractions, committing pranks, telling ghost stories or other frightening tales, and watching horror films.

Historian Nicholas Rogers, exploring the origins of Halloween, notes that while "some folklorists have detected its origins in the Roman feast of Pomona, the goddess of fruits and seeds, or in the festival of the dead called Parentalia, it is more typically linked to the Celtic festival of Samhain, whose original spelling was Samuin (pronounced sow-an or ="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 19px;">sow-in)".[1] The name is derived from Old Irish and means roughly "summer's end".[1] A similar festival was held by the ancient Britons and is known asCalan Gaeaf (pronounced Kálan Gái av).

As I wrote in the post Fall Is In The Air... I started involving the kids in holiday planning. We have started a Holiday Grand Plan using some of the printables from Organized Christmas. We are enjoying planning how we will celebrate. The traditions we start now will be things that they want to carry with them as they begin their own families. I hope to share more of the fun things we find to reclaim the foundations of the celebrations the secular world has tried to hide by making them commercial and without purpose. Our lives are created intentionally why continue to devalue ourselves for the sake of society acceptance?


On American Catholic I found the most wonderful story. It is called, The Tale of Jack O'Lantern an old Irish Tale. You will find out what happens when  Jack tries to trick the devil. All 6 kids were silent, hanging on every word. I have a hard time remembering every having them listen that intently to someone read anything. It made me feel like I was making an impact on my kids, one that hopefully will be an enduring one. I came away truly feeling that I was teach

Two of the oldest girls got into trying to decorate cakes. They made a round dome cake and decorated it like a Jack O'Lantern.


They need to work on the icing flavor, but otherwise it was very good. I'd say it is not a bad attempt for the first time.


The girls are planning the cake for this year. Hopefully, I will be able to post it with the All Saints Day post on Just Another Day In Paradise.


So what do you think of our small start at reclaiming and retaking the value of how we participate in life? I really want to know.

 

Family Celebrations at Thanksgiving: And Alternatives to Halloween
This is just one possible book to look into for more options.


The Tale of Jack O'Lantern, Taken from the Catholic Update: "How Halloween Can Be Redeemed," by Page McKean Zyromski, a free-lance writer and contributing editor of Catechist magazine who lives in Painesville, Ohio. Her new book on biblical prayer, Pray the Bible, is published by St. Anthony Messenger Press.

Friendly pumpkinImage via Wikipedia

October seems to have been taken over by this "holiday". I'm more about the season, fall, autumn, harvest. Oh! and it is my birth month. So I know there is a lot wrapped up in this month.


My husband and I decided when our first was a baby we were not going to do the Trick or Treat thing. His statement was, "I don't want my kids begging for candy." I felt a bit weird about it, myself. We lived in a large city and really didn't know anyone. My mom-in-law just had to buy the Halloween Hallmark cards and made sure that the kids knew what they were missing. I hope to be more respectful of my kids and their wishes. It has been a common theme throughout our marriage, she still at 80yr tries to control the happenings in my home.


My religious side took over the holiday and last year we had a blast. No the kids did not go Trick or Treating door to door. I did let the younger 3 go to the community Halloween Party. They enjoyed themselves and it was safe. So much of celebrations that we have today are derived from something totally different that what they were intended. If  you look up All Hallows Eve on Wikipedia you will find this:

Halloween

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

(Redirected from All Hallows Eve)

Halloween (or Hallowe'en) is an annual holiday observed on October 31, primarily in the United StatesCanadaIreland, and the United Kingdom. It has roots in the Celtic festival of  ="Samhain">Samhain and the Christian holiday All Saints' Day, but is today largely a secular celebration.
Common Halloween activities include trick-or-treating, wearing costumes and attending costume parties, carving jack-o'-lanternsghost toursbonfires,apple bobbing, visiting haunted attractions, committing pranks, telling ghost stories or other frightening tales, and watching horror films.

Historian Nicholas Rogers, exploring the origins of Halloween, notes that while "some folklorists have detected its origins in the Roman feast of Pomona, the goddess of fruits and seeds, or in the festival of the dead called Parentalia, it is more typically linked to the Celtic festival of Samhain, whose original spelling was Samuin (pronounced sow-an or ="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 19px;">sow-in)".[1] The name is derived from Old Irish and means roughly "summer's end".[1] A similar festival was held by the ancient Britons and is known asCalan Gaeaf (pronounced Kálan Gái av).

As I wrote in the post Fall Is In The Air... I started involving the kids in holiday planning. We have started a Holiday Grand Plan using some of the printables from Organized Christmas. We are enjoying planning how we will celebrate. The traditions we start now will be things that they want to carry with them as they begin their own families. I hope to share more of the fun things we find to reclaim the foundations of the celebrations the secular world has tried to hide by making them commercial and without purpose. Our lives are created intentionally why continue to devalue ourselves for the sake of society acceptance?


On American Catholic I found the most wonderful story. It is called, The Tale of Jack O'Lantern an old Irish Tale. You will find out what happens when  Jack tries to trick the devil. All 6 kids were silent, hanging on every word. I have a hard time remembering every having them listen that intently to someone read anything. It made me feel like I was making an impact on my kids, one that hopefully will be an enduring one. I came away truly feeling that I was teach

Two of the oldest girls got into trying to decorate cakes. They made a round dome cake and decorated it like a Jack O'Lantern.


They need to work on the icing flavor, but otherwise it was very good. I'd say it is not a bad attempt for the first time.


The girls are planning the cake for this year. Hopefully, I will be able to post it with the All Saints Day post on Just Another Day In Paradise.


So what do you think of our small start at reclaiming and retaking the value of how we participate in life? I really want to know.

 

Family Celebrations at Thanksgiving: And Alternatives to Halloween
This is just one possible book to look into for more options.


The Tale of Jack O'Lantern, Taken from the Catholic Update: "How Halloween Can Be Redeemed," by Page McKean Zyromski, a free-lance writer and contributing editor of Catechist magazine who lives in Painesville, Ohio. Her new book on biblical prayer, Pray the Bible, is published by St. Anthony Messenger Press.

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