Thursday, October 29, 2009

Writer's workshop--We don't celebrate Halloween

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The Prompts:

1.) Show your spooky side.

Okay, you are going to laugh at me and make fun of me. I do NOT like scary things. I don't watch scary movies and I don't read scary books. That's why it took me so long to read the Twilight books...I thought they were going to be scary. (Speaking of Twilight. Have you seen the preview for New Moon? HOLY CROW! It looks amazing!!! I haven't seen the first one, but my very good friend loaned it to me...the same good friend who saved me a lifetime of misery...or a few weeks while I waited for the library to get it loaning me the fourth book.)

So I don't have a spooky side and I don't like to feel scared.

2.) Show and Tell using your favorite Halloween home decor.

So you want Show and Tell at Michelle's house. Too bad.

For one, Jeff has my camera.

For two, I don't have any Fall or Halloween decor. Catch me at Christmas.

3.) Write a poem to your child as their Halloween character (for example I may write a poem to "Pongo"...the 101 Dalmatian Laina is going to be for Halloween)

Oh how I love writing poems...which is good because I'm fantastic at it. Sarcasm, people.

You looked so cute all dressed up
How did you ever agree?
All in pink, with mittens and slippers
And yet you are two, not three.

You never let me get you dressed
For church, or the library, or a meal
But you let her dress you in pink
I don't understand? What's the deal?

My little boy is a ballerina
Your accomplice is your sis
You came so happily to show me
You were in such bliss

No picture included...I took one but it was with my camera and is almost impossible to see.

4.) Post a vlog of yourself playing a Halloween prank on a family member or friend.

Pranks are awesome. Unfortunately I don't have any.

5.) Describe a favorite Halloween costume or moment you wish you had on video.


Describe a favorite Halloween costume or moment you wish you had on video.

Our family doesn't celebrate Halloween. We used to. But somewhere along the way we started not liking it. Lots of reasons.

First, the Lord convicted us. Our convictions are not necessarily right for your family. Nor do we judge others who aren't convicted our way. If you aren't convicted in the same way we are than it's fine for you to carry on. However, for us to not follow our convictions is a sin, FOR US.

Second, we felt like the spirit of the night was rather evil. Certainly it came from pagan origins but I'm not sure that is what got us. I mean, so did Christmas and we are celebrating it.

No, I think it had more to do with costumes, and haunted houses, and mean people doing mean things. I mean, some of those costumes are really scary. Some of the DECORATIONS are. My three year old gets scared just driving by some.

Next, it just didn't fit into our health(ier) lifestyle to go door to door for candy. Did we covet candy that much? That just seems counter to what we are teaching our children.

Lastly, no one missed it and our littlest ones don't even know it's a holiday. Is it even a real holiday?

AND bonus...we save money on not having to buy costumes or candy for others. (Though we do buy some for ourselves usually. And I always buy costumes on clearance, afterwards, for the dress up closet. Did you know they mark everything down 75%?)

Please feel free to comment or question or disagree. You won't change our conviction obviously, as God is the one who set this in our hearts. But I'm always open to other opinions and love learning why people do the things they do. So please, discuss away.


Sherri said...

I believe you do what your heart tells you. That is what makes our world so colorful and different:)

Misty M. said...

We are pretty hesitant to do any Halloween stuff also. I used to not even give it a second thought, because I am so anti-scary stuff and hate halloween.
However, I am finding it hard to take all the fun away from my son. We took him to a church fall festival and a church Trick my Trunk event last year and he got to get candy and play games. We are still not dressing him up or doing trick or treat, and certainly don't decorate for it.
I guess it is like we are straddling the fence now. He is about to be 4 in a couple of weeks. It is going to be more of an issue as he gets older and with our younger kids too, guess we need to make up our mind what will be acceptable in our family.

adrienzgirl said...

I think there are a lot more people out there choosing to opt out of Halloween. It just isn't safe or nice anymore. It's not like you can go door to door and not feel uncomfortable with all the sickos out there.

Helen said...

I can completely understand all of your reasons. Like Sherri said, you do what your heart tells you, and God speaks to our hearts, not our ears :)

Personally, Halloween has always been my favorite holiday. I love scary stuff: movies, costumes, decor... all of it, and I decorate my house like a dweeb for just about anything, but especially Halloween (and Christmas, of course). Now that I'm older, I can't trick or treat, but I'll still be dressing up for the littles that knock for candy :D

Yara said...

you're lame.
No, I'm totally kidding- and Michelle totally knows that.
So if you aren't Michelle : P

I got 4 costumes at Old Navy this morning for bout $1.68 each. Originally $22.50 each.
2 monkeys and a tiger (that turns out is too small for Kevin) and a kitty (that will fit Lorelei)
the girls are going to a costume party for girl scouts tonight. lorelei is a tag along since she isn't a girl scout yet. I may have to go with kevin if B doesnt get home by 6 tonight. I don't wanna.
The girls should have fun though.
I just need to figure out WHICH church it is at, the one on the left or right side of the road... cuz they do activities at both and I am totally unsure.

Lena said...

Our family doesn't celebrate Halloween as well. I believe its just has too much evil and scary things attached to it. If my kids want candy we have plenty of it... so I agree totally with you... Is your hubby home now?