Last year I did an extensive post on Halloween. You can view it here.
This year since we live around many people that we know well, we've decided to let the girls put their fairy costumes on and we've 'planted' candy in their homes for the girls to receive. We've never done trick-or-treating, but they are old enough to 'get it' now. I don't really view it as traditional trick-or-treating, since we're just going to people we've known for many years, but the girls are excited about the C-A-N-D-Y...I hope they don't load them down with lots of candy...we don't allow them to eat much.
Anyways, I would just repost the whole thing for today, but I just don't have the time right now. What's funny is my daughters, when we go to the store, start pointing out anything like jack-o-lanterns and all and start yelling 'Evil!Evil!"...it's sort of embarrassing because they are so loud and say it many times, but at least they did get the message...
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Alright, the origin of Halloween is pagan.There are real witches and Satanists that do some very bad things on this night. I have a real problem with people who deck their homes out with skulls, spider web, ghosts etc. because they represent pure evil. Yet, people just think it's some other holiday- they don't understand the truth about it or don't want to.
What I don't have a problem with is decking my house out with pumpkins, fall foliage, autumn colors and smells and going to the church cookout where my children can dress up if they want in a safe environment. I don't have to worry about them seeing an awful scary mask that freaks them out. We have recently moved to a small community of friends (that are all related and go to church with us) that want our girls to come by and get some candy. So, they get to dress up in their costumes and go get some candy. We have never done this before- they were too little to 'get it'. As they get older, we will explain better the origins of this day. I have been very careful about what their little eyes see and teaching them why we don't do certain things that other people do.
Children LOVE to pretend and play dress up. Here is a fun opportunity for them to do so and show off their cute fairy costumes and get some candy that we never allow them to have as a treat.
Furthermore, I think I am done with blogging. I've enjoyed it and met some lovely people, but I am in a difficult stage of life right now and am highly emotional. (upcoming cross country move and all) I do not have the energy to explain and justify what I do and what I say. If a newcomer visits me and reads something I say, they take it wrong because they haven't read all the other stuff I said and therefore have no idea what I'm talking about. Then I get 'called' on it and have to explain myself. I have gotten to the point where I don't care what others think of me- if they hate me they hate me. More than likely, they wouldn't if they met me in person. Words on a screen just don't speak enough at times.
I am just plain tired of having to back up and re-explain my words because I've stepped on someone's toes. I am a pleaser and naturally want others to like me and want to make peace in all situations and give the benefit of the doubt. But right now I am tired. I don't know what this blog is about anymore. I don't know exactly who is reading what I say. What 'audience' do I have?
I'll be thinking on it...
I have struggled greatly today. The reality of leaving my family and home has really hit me today. I've been crying off and on, especially when I found a bag of pictures that appeared out of nowhere of a trip I took with my mom and sister. I had a hard time being sick this week- to me getting sick is a failure on my part, and it's humbling to be in that place. I was behind on housework and laundry. So, there are a lot of things going on.
I realize, Rachel, that you weren't picking on me. It just hit me at the wrong time. I am very open minded and I too have changed a lot of things in my life by listening to others and the Lord. I cherish the ladies that come by and encourage me here- it is a real blessing. I am such a small 'voice' on the internet that the fact that anyone wants to listen to me is mind boggling :)
Your comment riled me, just because of bad timing. I am laughing when I type this, but I just carved a tiny Jack-O-Lantern for our centerpiece for dinner tonight. I was going to carve a cross in it but I am not very good with carving straight lines on a pumpkin...I bought jack-o-lantern candy bags for my girls...so, my mindset is changing a bit too. So many people have no idea where Halloween came from though, and that was my intent. My own mom was completely in the dark until we switched churches and they printed an article about it. Out went the black cats, skeletons and carving punkins. I felt kind of left out that I didn't trick-or-treat as a child, but I survived :)
Anyways, we don't watch scary movies unless you count Young Frankenstein or The Burbs, we do not condone anything with ghosts or witchcraft, except for the good fairies my girls are to be tonight...and I gotta go because dinner is burning :)