“I think it’s wonderful that Reformation Day is now the most popular holiday after Christmas. We scare ourselves as a reminder of death and damnation. Children go around receiving unmerited candy, which symbolize the gift and the sweetness of salvation. We wear masks to symbolize the doctrine of vocation. We carve pumpkins. . . .uh, I don’t know why we do that. Someone help me in my crusade to co-opt Halloween for Reformation Day.” – Gene Edward Veith
quote & lively discussion found here
While I am with Veith on this topic, I have had some life lessons to learn about our Halloween.
My mother-in-law, Nana.
She loves Halloween, loves dressing up, loves throwing the kids a party, invites all their friends & has even bought & made their costumes!
I used to s-t-r-u-g-g-l-e with the whole thing. Halloween, candy, Nana…..it’s true, I felt jilted.
I also thought it wasn’t God-pleasing. But really it has been relationship building! It is a special memory for our family. Nana is very generous, the kids & their friends can’t wait until party day.
What was once something I thought was terribly wrong, has become something treasured.
Aren’t life lessons curious things?
photos from 2006-2011
Halloween is always a super busy day for us. We drive around & visit old neighbors, each of the grandparents, trick or treat several of their neighborhoods… etc. This year, however, I decided to call it all & we stayed home! Lucy & Parker trick or treated in our own neighborhood & they all carved pumpkins & gourds.
Parker got out every single “spooky” pez he could find to decorate our porch!
the goddess Athena and an Jedi
It was a really nice quiet day ~ that evening Grace’s friend Elizabeth came over & we prepared for Parker’s birthday today! For the last several years Elizabeth has come over the evening before Lucy & Parker’s birthday. She and Grace stay up after L & P have gone to bed and they hid all their presents and either write out clues to where they are or make a treasure map. L & P are always soooo very excited! I’m pretty sure Parker was up by 5 this morning! (he had to wait until 7 to wake us all) The girls made a huge fort downstairs ( which is all done & I will be putting up “after” pictures soon~!) and had his gifts hidden all around & inside it. Then we met with my parents & had breakfast together at Cracker Barrel (another “Parker birthday tradition”). Good times!!