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Minnesota museum having creepy doll competition
47of74 posted a topic in Wide World of SnarkTime for creepy dolls
nomoxian posted a topic in Non Theists's GeneralWinter is coming - and so are a bunch of holidays. Some, like Halloween, are secular (or anti-religious, depending on who you ask) Others, like Christmas, have religious origins (Pagan or Christian, depending on who you ask) but have become secularized for many. What holidays do you celebrate? How do you do it? Or if not, why, and do you do anything else instead?
Girl gets head stuck inside of pumpkin
Black Aliss posted a topic in Wide World of SnarkThe only reason I am posting this on FJ is that I thought the "victim" was a dead ringer for a Dugger girl. http://p.nytimes.com/email/re?location=pMJKdIFVI6pZnDLDb4IjkAgRrv47iu/5LFar6ndMcSCA56RW6a+R3diyptViQnISZ8od2JjygdNtnFSU4Z84Uzlak2eDNw4jjfp5ooUCIYZ5vhUDI9BOZVKi+9n+Zv0/HsrYOdcOfOGKj3Ddln2LQzk1vS8GJ+3Fm/zxSJKty7k=&campaign_id=58&instance_id=5077&segment_id=7222&user_id=d4dc5c5c0807209dd171fc9bfb2401ea&regi_id=6373195520181031 Also it's kind of funny.
The Sin of Christmas
Lisafer posted a blog entry in Paradigm LostI remember being about two years old (I have a long memory) and watching my dad plug in Christmas lights. That was probably the last year our family celebrated Christmas. Both my parents grew up celebrating holidays like most of middle-class America, but as they began their slide into fundie-dom they started reading tracts and booklets about the evils of holidays. They believed that Christmas, Easter, and Halloween were evil throwbacks to paganism that had been perpetuated by the Catholics (who, of course, weren't "real Christians"). I'm linking here to something similar to the many booklets we had around the house: http://blowthetrumpet.org/AChristmasDefenseHowGodsPeopleJustifySin.htm This refusal to celebrate holidays set my family apart, even from the fundamentalist Christians we associated with, and definitely caused a lot of confusion when people casually asked us kids what we were doing for Christmas, and we told them we didn't "do Christmas." We got asked a lot if we were Jehovah's Witnesses, since that's who usually comes to mind as not celebrating holidays. Sometimes people asked if my parents were Christian, because the idea of a Christian not celebrating Christmas was so astonishing. Birthdays were only grudgingly allowed: we normally had just a family gathering, similar to the Maxwells' descriptions of their birthday celebration. It was often pointed out that the only birthdays mentioned in the Bible were the birthdays of evil men (Pharaoh and Herod). Also it was seen as being likely to draw to much attention to one person and make them self-centered. This story has a bit of a happy ending, at least for me. After I left home, I embraced holidays with a vengeance. Christmas was amazing, my children got Easter baskets from my in-laws, Halloween was a pure delight of dressing my kids and taking them trick-or-treating. Now that I've left Christianity, I still look forward to the holidays. Christmas/Yule/Winter Solstice--whatever it's called, it's a time of joy and giving and yummy food. Halloween--it's a joy to watch my children enjoy what I didn't, with no fear of "Satan" to hinder their steps. The cycle of the seasons is cause for celebration, even if "Easter" isn't really a thing for me. And I want my children to feel special on their birthdays: to know that they're important and valued. This rejection of holidays stemmed from anti-Catholic and anti-Pagan attitudes. It was promoted as being "God's way," but all the tracts reviled Catholics and Pagans, making it obvious that the real problem was with other people's belief systems. Of course, we were the ones with the "right" understanding of the Bible. As with everything else. Nowadays, my parents still don't celebrate religious holidays, except for having or attending a Thanksgiving meal (apparently there's some justification in the Bible for "a day of thanks," don't ask me). They are free to do whatever they want on the holidays; meanwhile, at my house, there will likely be a delicious dinner cooking and a living room full of loved ones.
ClaraOswin posted a blog entry in The Girl Who BloggedThis year was probably my son's best Halloween yet. At least from my perspective. Halloween 2013 - He was only a little over a month old. We put him in a Superman onesie but didn't go anywhere or do anything. We didn't even hand out candy. Halloween 2014 - He was one year old. We didn't trick-or-treat but we did put him in a costume and then in the stroller to roll around the neighborhood a little (he still couldn't walk yet.) Halloween 2015 - Two years old. First time trick-or-treating. He enjoyed walking up and down the sidewalks. But as soon as we'd turn to go up to a house, he'd get really mad. He cried a fair amount. We didn't go to too many houses. And that brings us to this year..... I made sure to have pretty low expectations this year. I honestly didn't think he'd even want to be in his costume for more than a minute. Yesterday we went to a Halloween thing at the botanical gardens. He actually stayed in the costume (astronaut) for over an hour! He enjoyed walking around since he loves the gardens. They had some trick or treat stations set up but he basically cried every time we went to one. Needless to say, I kept my expectations low again for today. He still doesn't really understand what Halloween is or what the point of trick-or-treating is or anything like that. We probably should have hyped it up and prepared him more but oh well. He can't eat any of the candy anyway (due to allergies and texture issues.) So the first few houses he was mad, similar to last year. But eventually he caught on a bit more. He carried his little pumpkin bucket up to people and held it out. He has a speech delay so he wasn't able to say anything. Most people weren't bothered by it. But a few times I did have to tell them he couldn't talk. A couple times he tried to hand his bucket off to the people. I think it's because we were saying "give them your bucket" instead of "hold out your bucket." Oops. It was cute though. He wasn't at all bothered by the chaos of our busy neighborhood. He wasn't scared when we went to the house with a bunch of crazy decorations, music, fog machine, etc. Overall I am just super proud of him. And he looked adorable in his costume. Who knows what next year will bring but I am quite happy with how it all turned out this year.