22 October 2010


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 Let’s get some perspective here: “Halloween's origins date back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-in).

“Halloween, celebrated each year on October 31, is a mix of ancient Celtic practices, Catholic and Roman religious rituals and European folk traditions that blended together over time to create the holiday we know today. Straddling the line between fall and winter, plenty and paucity and life and death, Halloween is a time of celebration and superstition. Halloween has long been thought of as a day when the dead can return to the earth, and ancient Celts would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off these roaming ghosts. The Celtic holiday of Samhain, the Catholic Hallowmas period of All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day and the Roman festival of Feralia all influenced the modern holiday of Halloween.” (Source: http://www.history.com/topics/halloween)

 With that in mind, let’s check Marion Stewart’s article “Halloween: To Be or Not to Be?” She seems to like it, and goes on to share with us her family traditions. She tells us: “I think Halloween is a fun American holiday that provides opportunities for kids to use their imaginations and get free candy!” Marion blogs at Marion's Melodies.

 Linda, from Craftaholics Anonymous, came up with this great looking wreath. Even though it’s meant as a Halloween decoration, you can adapt it to any other holiday, with the proper colors and wording. It’s a keeper!

 And, from Chocolate on My Cranium we get this Family Home Evening Lesson “In Tune with the Holy
Ghost.” This lesson aims to help family members understand what a wonderful gift the Holy Ghost is and the importance of living worthy to be in tune with its promptings.

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