“Halloween starts earlier and earlier, just like Christmas.” ROBERT ENGLUND
“I love you enough to be seen in public wearing matching costumes.”
Fall. The days are getting shorter. The sun’s rays are not as strong. Leaves are falling off the trees. Plants are dying. Animals are scarce. Long ago people thought the short days meant evil forces were pushing the sun away. The people would try to please the sun god. The sun was life.
Harvest. The crops are in. The Celts would celebrate New Years Eve on October 31. This date marked the beginning of winter. Hopefully, there is enough food to last until spring, through the long winter, for everybody. The Celts believed in several gods. Samhain was the god of death. He would come back to earth on October 31. All the dead would come back too. Black cats would ride on the shoulders of the dead. It was a frightening night. The Celts believed people were changed into black cats by black magic. These esteemed cats would be used to guard treasure.
Some of the early customs are still celebrated today. Romans added apples to the autumn festival fair. The Irish brought many traditions when they emigrated to Canada in the 1800’s-dressing up in scary costumes, donning masks and disguises, carving Jack ‘o’ Lanterns, trick-or-treating, big caves and ghosts, and lying in the gutter holding their stomachs. The Scottish believed witches came out to dance all night on Halloween. Christians squashed most of the festivals celebrated by European pagans. Many of the early reasons for Halloween have disappeared.
‘Tis now the very witching time of night
When churchyards yawn and hell itself breathes out
Contagion to this world. William Shakespeare
No one knows exactly when Jesus H. Christ was born. Without Jesus we would not have Christmas. Yet-Christians choose to celebrate the birth of Jesus on December 25th. Christians believe Jesus was born in a stable in Bethlehem. The day is named Christmas, or more than likely ‘Christ mass’. People hang stockings and wait for presents from a fat guy in a red suit. They go to church, say prayers, and sing carols about Jesus Christ. After mass they have a Christmas lunch-a special meal. The Celts would observe winter solstice with a festival. Early Scandinavians celebrated a pagan festival called Yule. Germans started the tradition of the Christmas tree. Sweden has Lucia Day which symbolizes the bringing of light to the winter darkness. How come Jesus doesn’t come on Halloween?
Dear North Pole,
I think society has shrunk to a new low, or high: A toy coffee maker from Bosch Tasimo! A Fisher-Price cash register! Is that what our children can look forward to–low-paying part-time jobs at coffee shops and grocery stores, so get some skills now? What an inspiration…
Why not just join Halloween and Christmas together? Cha-ching!
“My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: loving others. Come to think of it, why do we have to wait for Christmas to do that?” Bob Hope