Friday, October 15, 2010

October 31st

This is going to upset a lot (probably most, if not all) of you. But this is my blog and if you're here then you are somewhat interested in what I have to say, so there.

We do not do Halloween.
"We" meaning Kevin and I and our child(ren).

Why? For obvious reasons.
In fact, I'm pretty confused on why so many people do.
The history and origin of it all is so terrible. Something we would "never" let our kids be a part of...yet, do year after year. And encourage it, and get all excited and teach them that it's fun and cool.

Halloween started when, around this time of year, the Celtics said that spirits, good and bad, can come and go, so the Celtics started wearing masks and costumes to look like evil spirits so the evil spirits would think they are one of them and would leave them alone.
So when in history did it slowly evolve to it being ok to dress our kids up for this?

And parade them around going from door to door saying over and over
 "give me what I want, or I'll cast a spell on you".
Another meaning, taken from Wikipedia...
The word "trick" refers to a (mostly idle) "threat" to perform mischief on the homeowners or their property if no treat is given.
When, and why, have we accepted this as fun and cute?!

Not to mention, all that candy! Bleh.
Let's drown our kids in sugar on top of it all!

It's just all very, very...not good, in my opinion, and I'm glad we have nothing to do with it.
Anyways...that's my story and I'm stickin' to it.

HOWEVER...

I am all about Harvest time, and the spiritual (holy spiritual, not evil spiritual) significance that brings. Of sowing and reaping. And Yahweh's provision for His people.

So Happy Harvest, everyone!

7 comments:

Jenny Galloway said...

I take no offense to this because it is exactly where we stand too. Someday when the boys are in school I even plan on letting them stay home the day when the children participate at school. We don't intended to celebrate easter either, but reserection Sunday. It's important to teach our children the true meanings and let them know that not everthing being fed to everyone should be taken as ok or truth. I always love what leslie says about it all, "There is no value in fear." It's true, none whatsoever.

Dennis said...

Next you'll say you're not going to lie to Ruby and tell there is a Santa Claus. Bravo to you and Kevin.

James and Elizabeth said...

Love it! I'm interested in what you think of Santa Claus, like the person about me said about lying to your kids.. I've always thought that teaching Santa is rediculous. We teach our kids something that isnt real and then we tell them to believe in Christ. You can't see either one but your supposed to believe they're there? Ha! So then our kids will grow up and question wether or not God is real. Ok off my soap box... :)

jessica kiehn said...

Jenny, love what you said. we don't do Easter, either. We too celebrate Passover and His resurrection.

Dad and Elizabeth- HECK NO to Santa! There will probably be a post on that in the next coming months:)

Bethany said...

I grew up this exact way. My parents checked us out of school for most halloween celebrations. Although we were aloud to dress up (no "evil" costumes) for church events etc, we never trick or treated. We were also told the truth about Christmas and Santa from day 1. People always say, oh that's so sad....like I didn't get to "be a kid". Pretty sure I turned out just fine, and I knew the truth about Jesus Christ from the day I was born. Priorities people!

Juli said...

i don't have a negative opinion about the way you have chosen to lead your holidays...but i did get a bit offended by Bethany -- I'm Catholic and have been my whole life. i attended Catholic school up until 6th grade when i moved to bville to old high.

i know my scripture, i knew my actual holidays and i knew the truth as coming from the bible and my faith. My parents letting me believe in Santa Claus or the Easter bunny never took that away from me. Actually, i'm pretty sure Santa brought me a gift of the religious kind every year (up until he stopped coming) and my parents told me that God told him what to get me. shrug. i'm not any worse for the wear having celebrated these holidays. in my life, they were pure fun, and i wouldn't regret them.

Have your opinions about holidays, but please don't generalize that celebrating holidays = ignorance in faith.

I applaud you Jessica for your lifestyle and your dedication to God. I think it's great and i love reading about your organic lifestyle.

Anonymous said...

do you or will you carve pumpkins?

Friday, October 15, 2010

October 31st

This is going to upset a lot (probably most, if not all) of you. But this is my blog and if you're here then you are somewhat interested in what I have to say, so there.

We do not do Halloween.
"We" meaning Kevin and I and our child(ren).

Why? For obvious reasons.
In fact, I'm pretty confused on why so many people do.
The history and origin of it all is so terrible. Something we would "never" let our kids be a part of...yet, do year after year. And encourage it, and get all excited and teach them that it's fun and cool.

Halloween started when, around this time of year, the Celtics said that spirits, good and bad, can come and go, so the Celtics started wearing masks and costumes to look like evil spirits so the evil spirits would think they are one of them and would leave them alone.
So when in history did it slowly evolve to it being ok to dress our kids up for this?

And parade them around going from door to door saying over and over
 "give me what I want, or I'll cast a spell on you".
Another meaning, taken from Wikipedia...
The word "trick" refers to a (mostly idle) "threat" to perform mischief on the homeowners or their property if no treat is given.
When, and why, have we accepted this as fun and cute?!

Not to mention, all that candy! Bleh.
Let's drown our kids in sugar on top of it all!

It's just all very, very...not good, in my opinion, and I'm glad we have nothing to do with it.
Anyways...that's my story and I'm stickin' to it.

HOWEVER...

I am all about Harvest time, and the spiritual (holy spiritual, not evil spiritual) significance that brings. Of sowing and reaping. And Yahweh's provision for His people.

So Happy Harvest, everyone!

7 comments:

Jenny Galloway said...

I take no offense to this because it is exactly where we stand too. Someday when the boys are in school I even plan on letting them stay home the day when the children participate at school. We don't intended to celebrate easter either, but reserection Sunday. It's important to teach our children the true meanings and let them know that not everthing being fed to everyone should be taken as ok or truth. I always love what leslie says about it all, "There is no value in fear." It's true, none whatsoever.

Dennis said...

Next you'll say you're not going to lie to Ruby and tell there is a Santa Claus. Bravo to you and Kevin.

James and Elizabeth said...

Love it! I'm interested in what you think of Santa Claus, like the person about me said about lying to your kids.. I've always thought that teaching Santa is rediculous. We teach our kids something that isnt real and then we tell them to believe in Christ. You can't see either one but your supposed to believe they're there? Ha! So then our kids will grow up and question wether or not God is real. Ok off my soap box... :)

jessica kiehn said...

Jenny, love what you said. we don't do Easter, either. We too celebrate Passover and His resurrection.

Dad and Elizabeth- HECK NO to Santa! There will probably be a post on that in the next coming months:)

Bethany said...

I grew up this exact way. My parents checked us out of school for most halloween celebrations. Although we were aloud to dress up (no "evil" costumes) for church events etc, we never trick or treated. We were also told the truth about Christmas and Santa from day 1. People always say, oh that's so sad....like I didn't get to "be a kid". Pretty sure I turned out just fine, and I knew the truth about Jesus Christ from the day I was born. Priorities people!

Juli said...

i don't have a negative opinion about the way you have chosen to lead your holidays...but i did get a bit offended by Bethany -- I'm Catholic and have been my whole life. i attended Catholic school up until 6th grade when i moved to bville to old high.

i know my scripture, i knew my actual holidays and i knew the truth as coming from the bible and my faith. My parents letting me believe in Santa Claus or the Easter bunny never took that away from me. Actually, i'm pretty sure Santa brought me a gift of the religious kind every year (up until he stopped coming) and my parents told me that God told him what to get me. shrug. i'm not any worse for the wear having celebrated these holidays. in my life, they were pure fun, and i wouldn't regret them.

Have your opinions about holidays, but please don't generalize that celebrating holidays = ignorance in faith.

I applaud you Jessica for your lifestyle and your dedication to God. I think it's great and i love reading about your organic lifestyle.

Anonymous said...

do you or will you carve pumpkins?