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Saturday, November 1, 2008

Celebrations

Last night, October 31, most people celebrate as Halloween. There are the costumes, the candy, the parties, the excitement.... and then there is the "scare factor", the celebration of things that are evil and dead.

Why is this something to celebrate? We do not participate in Halloween and many people just don't get why. They do not see the harm in dressing up and going to get candy.
And you know, for little kids who don't know any better, there probably isn't any big deal to it. BUT.....

In my mind, it teaches that Halloween is good. It teaches that Halloween is about Candy and not about what it really celebrates. As a Christian I cannot celebrate ghouls and demons, murderers, death and violence and in between a cute little fairy.

Yesterday when Mike was volunteering, one of the staff workers mentioned that "Conservative Families never let their kids have any fun"..... ARGHHHH....And the typical uneducated mentality of "that is why when they grow up they will rebell and go crazy"..AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!
I can't tell you how many times we have heard this. It doesn't matter that our grown kids are responsible, married, tax paying citizens who are parents themselves and didn't go crazy. It doesn't matter that our little girls are sweet kids and are well behaved and kind. Nope, they will all go crazy. :)LOL

He is much more patient than I am on this stuff. I honestly don't know what his reaction was well enough to blog it, but I know what I would have said.... :)

Anyhoo...
This really, REALLY bothers me. We are not at home with our drapes shut hiding in fear waiting for the evil trick or treaters to pass by. Nor are we hiding from life, protecting our kids from the "real world". The Scripture clearly states to Being in the World but not be OF the World. Our girlies and our boy's were educated about the world. How can they not be? They live here!:) Some of our kids have experienced more of the REAL world than many adults in America. We see our job as parents is to EQUIP our children to LIVE successfully in a difficult world. Just like you wouldn't send a soldier out into battle without teaching him how to prepare himself and use his head, we see this as an opportunity to prepare our children for what is to come, both POSITIVE AND NEGATIVE.
They are not at all kept away from worldly ideas. In fact last night at our party which I am about to talk about, Anna came home and told us about a little girl who was telling her all about going on the computer to places her parents don't know she goes and writing inappropriate things. All about "gays", all about "sex", all about boyfriends etc and the very worst thing, something she was very upset about, "she talked about periods". LOL I asked her about the other things and it was abit over her head. We asked her, "do you think we should let her parents know what is going on and her reaction was, "I don't want to get her into trouble". But I wanted you to know. We thanked her for telling us, and then we talked about honesty and integrity on computers. We also talked to her about not needing to listen to conversations that are inappropriate and thankfully she shared with us that she and her friend Mary Grace left the conversation when they realized it was inappropriate. They obviously had an ear full before hand though. We also let her know that as time goes on and she gets older, unfortunately she will run into situations like this more and more often and will need to learn to control her own actions and reactions. THIS IS ALL PART OF BEING PREPARED FOR THE REAL WORLD. IT is NOT hiding our heads in the sand. Ok, I'm off that soapbox.

Anyhoo again: What We DO Celebrate:

We celebrate what REALLY TRULY happened on the VERY DAY of October 31.
Martin Luther nailed the 95 Thesis to the Wall in Whittenburg, thus beginning the Reformation, where many of our present day churches come from. We CELEBRATED with some very excited girlies at a friend's house with MANY MANY other families of like mind. There were games and food and a Pinata with CANDY and more kids playing.
We have done this same celebration with our same friends since our first set of children were young. They have grown, our friends kids have grown and we all have more. There are over 100 people who attend and converge on this house and there is a tribute each year to one of the Reformers.
Our girls were so excited that they had the Timer on the oven set for the countdown before it was time to leave. Teenagers carried Sarah and Erika around the house and played with them, and Anna held hands and ran around with her best friend Mary Grace. They were both very excited to see each other. They didn't know they had been invited to the same party!

I didn't take pictures of last night. Forgot the camera. But just wanted to say for those who think we don't enjoy ourselves at this time of year; think again. We had a wonderful evening and the kids didn't miss out on anything. AND... we don't have all that excess candy to worry about. :)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

In reference to your comment about Halloween being "the celebration of things that are evil and dead." Halloween was actually originated by the Celts just over 2,000 years ago in what is now Ireland. The Celts celebrated their New Year in November. This was the end of Summer and the end of their harvest and was the beginning of a cold and dark winter which they associated with human death. The Celts believed that on October 31st, the night before the New Year, the boundaries between the living and the dead blurred together. Because of this, they celebrated Samhain, a festival marking the end of the summer season and the end of the harvest. It does have some aspects of a "Festival of the Dead," which is a festival in honor or recognition of the deceased members of the community, not in worship of them. Now on October 31st the Celts did believe that the ghosts of the deceased returned to earth, but they were believed to have caused trouble; the Celts were afraid of them. They believed that they would damage their crops and basically be similar to that of a poltergeist. During this time it was believed that the Druids, or Celtic Priests, were able to predict the future more readily, which was very valuable to them considering their life-line was dependant upon the earth and her produce. It was a sign of comfort for them to know what the future had in store for them. They would dress up in costumes using mostly animal skins and heads and "told each other the future." These rituals were the celebration of Samhain, not Halloween. These rituals are very sketchy and, of course, do not believe in them, but by the 800s Christianity had reached the Celtic lands and in the seventh century Pope Boniface IV designated November 1st as “All Saints Day,” which was a time to honor saints and martyrs, those who died for Christ. Many people believed that the Pope was attempting to replace Samhain with a Church sanctioned holiday, “All Saints Day.” The holiday was also called “All-Hallows” or “All-Haollwmas,” (from Middle English Alholowmesse meaning All Saints' Day). Even later on in A.D. 1000 the Church would create a new holiday on November 2nd called “All-Soul’s Day,” which was a day to honor the dead. This celebration was very similar to that of Samhain where people would dress up as Saints, Angels, Devils, Fairies, etc…This was by no means a day to celebrate ghouls and demons, murderers, death and violence. If anything they were afraid of it. In the end it became a time to celebrate the deceased. I truly hope people don’t think October 31st is “Samhain’s Day,” a day to charm the spirits and ghosts of the deceased in order for the Druids to better see the future and give prophecies to the people of the year ahead of them. Hopefully Halloween can be a time for families to get together and have fun, watch scary movies, go trick-or-treating with Mom and Dad to get some candy. Don’t get me wrong, I think that Fall Festivals and other events to replace Halloween are totally fine if that’s what one decides to do, but Halloween goes a little deeper than celebrating ghouls and demons, murderers, death and violence. I hope that my family and I, avid believers in Christ the Lord our God, are not seen as people who celebrate ghouls and demons, murderers, death and violence.

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