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Tuesday, October 31, 2006

BOO! I'm up on my soapbox

Yesterday I went to pick my daughter up from preschool, gathered her coat, her art work and the papers from her little cubby. There were notices about the cookie dough fundraiser, the upcoming school photo and a flyer with a notice attached to it. It was a flyer for the church's Harvest Festival. The notice said the following:

It is that time of year when Christian families are bombarded with an age
old tradition of celbrating Halloween. As a Christian school, we do
not have a Halloween party on October 31st. We do encourage families
to seek out alternative events that are sponsored by local churches.
Please see attached flyer.

This attitude infuriates me. I think you all know that I am a Christian and feel very strongly about my beliefs and my faith. I love the Lord, I have a relationship with Him and am teaching that to my children. I know that the school did not outright say that celebrating Halloween is sinful, but it insinuates that Christians should not participate in Halloween festivities. But if you slap the name "Harvest Festival" on it and hold the event on church property, then there is nothing wrong with it. You can sit back, have fun and still judge the ungodly who participate in a "Pagan" holiday. (Shall we not forget that Christmas was once a pagan holiday?)

Let's see...trick or treaters wear Halloween costumes. The church event attendess wear Harvest costumes. Trick or treaters get Halloween candy. The other event hands out Harvest candy. And so on. No wonder so many people are fed up with churches on their sanctimonious pedestal. That kind of hypocracy makes me angry. If you haven't noticed. People see right through it and I for one have had enough.

My kids are going trick or treating. I don't let them dress as witches or anything related to the occult. I feel that is inappropriate for my children. My kids have dressed as Flinstones, Teletubbies, Ducks etc. This year Savannah is a princess and the boys are gonna be cowboys. We choose to have fun on Halloween and participate in the innocent joy of the holiday and not dwell on the evil traditions associated with the pagan beliefs.

If they were to present the Harvest festival as a safe alternative to trick or treating for those who feel that it is unsafe nowadays. FINE! I think it is a great idea. If you were raised that trick or treating was bad and just can't get past it, ok. Just don't pass that along to me. Own your own convictions without deeming something questionable in your mind as sin.

I am hoping her school director (who I actually love dearly and respect and admire on all other issues) asks me about it.

Sorry, I don't let my children attend Harvest Festivals.

I think those events send the wrong message to my kids.


Ms.L said...

You rock and I love you to pieces!

Catch said...

we have celebrated halloween forever...as dressing up in costumes and getting candy. To most kids thats all it means. As a matter of fact thats all it means to me. I dont even give that other stuff a thought! As most people dont. I say why bring attention to all that. It is an innocent occasion to me. I like to see the kids smiling and happy to get their treats.

Carolyn said...

Halloween is the one night a year that a kid can be a superhero or a fairy princess AND get candy too.

What's not to love?

Dianne said...

Last time I checked we are in the 21st Century not the 14th or 15th. Halloween has evolved like everything else, and you are right. Let the kids have fun and feel like the little princesses and cowboys, superheroes that we all know they are. Plus, someone has got to eat all that candy!!! I hope everyone has a safe and spooky Harvest Night (HAHAHAHA)

Weinraub Family said...

Heck, My poor kids are Jewish and are going to Hell according to most Christians anyway, so I say "have at Halloween".

If I could stand up on my soap box and applaud you I would...heck I am, you just can hear me clapping for you.

To me Halloween is about a dream. Kids dream of being Princesses or Super Heros, and this is the chance they have at fullfilling thta dream (to a point). It is a fun time for families, and I look forward to many more years of hallowed fun with my kids.

Betty said...

Thankyou. My friends think that to do things on Halloween is bad and I have felt guilty letting the kids[when they were kids] go trick or treating. I enjoyed making my granddaughter a princess dress last Halloween.

Happy Halloween.

Dr.John said...

Halloween is not, is not a pagan holiday. It is a church hokiday that has been taken over. It was a time for preparing for all Saints Day and called all Hallowes Eve. The idea of ghosts and goblins grows from the remebering of the dead on All Saints. As a Pastor I think you are right in letting your kids celebrate . Have fun.May all the Saints watch over you.

QueenieCarly said...

Thanks for posting about this, Kristin. I really had no idea that such an issue existed until this year. It wasn't until another blogger posted a response to her Hallowe'en from a Christian friend who very vocally expressed her opposition to such parties. Then, a friend told me that at the school where her sister teaches a few parents are lobbying to have all Hallowe'en activities cancelled. I was shocked. As I said to her, Hallowe'en dominates most children's lives at this time of year. Instead of punishing all children, why not teach those who do not "celebrate" Hallowe'en how to fit in in a world that is different from theirs and to accept that people are different. To drag everyone down is just plain old lame.

"No wonder so many people are fed up with churches on their sanctimonious pedestal." You hit the nail right square on the head here. I feel that way a lot.

Pattie said...

I think anyone could make an issue out of any "Holiday" if they chose to. I am so with you on this one. I think that folks need to lighten up a bit. It is the one night kids can dress up and play out a fun traditon basked in fantasy and get some candy too. I would have been very offended to get a letter like that. They should stop that practice. Just because some families "chose to celebrate" Halloween does not make them, a pagan! Good Lord....

Cheryl Wray said...

Amen sister!!
I'm a very strong Christian, but I also don't see anything wrong with going out and having FUN on Halloween! When we try and bend the rest of the world to our way of thinking they begin to get fed up with us--why we're not attracting people to church like we should be!
A group of my friends from church--we all went trick or treating together this year, just avoided the whole church festival thing pretty much. Some of us even dressed up sorta scary--although I was a drama queen (ha!). As a Christian, I'm not offended by Halloween at all. I am offended by Holier than Thou attitudes.
God bless you today!

DreadPyrateRobert said...

Halloween is EVIL! It is the devil's day and a celebration of his EVIL! I would never be caught dressing up like a pirate and running from door to door and sponging for candy! You should beg God for forgiveness for teaching your children that the celebration of this dreaded day is in any way acceptable! Now...give me you ill gotten candy!

Robert aka Big Brother(Who is in fact watching you)

Mike, Nicki, and Josh said...

Yeah the whole thing is just a big conspiracy by dentists....not the Christians.
Anyway, the Catholics were the ones that turned it into an acceptable church holiday anyway when they were trying to convert all the Irish. -Nicki