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October 31st, 2006

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04:15 pm - Halloween
My family never celebrated this day, mostly because as Christians we actually believe that there is a spiritual realm, and so much of the modern Halloween celebration seems to be giving far too much credence to the wrong side of it.

For myself, I think it's quite wise to have a day in which we can recognize fear and evil (in whatever form, whether we believe they're actually real or not) and thumb our noses at them.

[And the whole costume thing is awesome, of course.]

If we here in the USA actually treated Halloween like that, as a dare rather than as a celebration (in a sense) of fear and of evil things, maybe I'd be more inclined to celebrate it myself.

Nothing wrong with candy or costumes or ghost stories (and here's a link to a lovely Halloween Op-Ed piece written by Neil Gaiman), certainly. And may you all, however you view it, have a happy and safe evening.

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Date:November 1st, 2006 12:48 am (UTC)
For myself, I think it's quite wise to have a day in which we can recognize fear and evil (in whatever form, whether we believe they're actually real or not) and thumb our noses at them.


I grew up in a Christian household, but never remember being "warned" about Halloween. For me, it was just a fun night to get lots of candy. Sure, there were big kids with scary masks, but they were stupid because they thought being scary was fun. :D

You might be interested in an article that one of my old professors wrote called Hallowing Halloween.
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Date:November 1st, 2006 01:11 am (UTC)
That article is *awesome*. :-)

I grew up around a lot of very fundamentalist people who would have banned Christmas, probably, if they could, because of its so-called pagan roots. *facepalm* And we did have people in our church who had been saved out of occult practice, so there was some of that caution as well--like not serving alcohol during Communion out of deference to alcoholics in our community.

But ever since I read Screwtape Letters, I've been very big on mocking our spiritual enemy. :-)
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Date:November 2nd, 2006 12:02 am (UTC)
He's has some other articles of the same vein (Christians vs. fantasy). Another good one is "Satan: Still Armed and Dangerous, but He's Lying about that Bazooka".

That was one of his favorite topics to get on in class; how Christians didn't need to be afraid of fantasy and Halloween.
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Date:November 1st, 2006 01:20 am (UTC)
I LOVE that article. Ever since I read it in Christianity Today. I had no idea it was written by someone in Ohio. You had him as a prof? Very cool.

Halloween was one of my very favorite holidays when I was a kid. I'm sure my thespian tendencies have something to do with it. :-) And I've always been interested in the origins of traditions. So I was studying the origins of Halloween customs when I was in elementary school. It's lost some of its sparkle in recent years, but I still love the costuming and make-believe and the safe scariness of it (as my fam observes it).
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Date:November 2nd, 2006 12:07 am (UTC)
had him as a prof? Very cool.

*grin* Yep. He was a bit absentminded and always seemed to have untied shoelaces, but his love for the fantastic (and Charles Dickens) is unbounded. He has quite a few articles on the website I gave you.

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