Pumpkins, ghosts, goblins and survival

Posted: September 24, 2012 in Uncategorized
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I walked into the grocery store the other day and the bin at the front of the store was full of pumpkins. The sight of the pumpkins made me think about one of my most favorite time and holiday of the year. Fall and Halloween.

I think about Fred Flintstone too. Fred comes to mind because that was the earliest Halloween costume I could remember. every year mom and dad would dress me and my three sisters on Halloween in K-marts finest costumes (Fred Flintstone) and we would go from house to house begging for candy.

Halloween origins can be traced back to the early inhabitants of Ireland. A society like many others at the time whose survival was intrinsic to that of their crops and lands believed that the veil between the living and dead was thinnest at the end of the year (which was Halloween), so to protect family and land. Everyone in a village would dress as ghosts and roam the streets keeping the evil spirits scarred away.

This year families will get together and scare the living with costume and jack o lantern (carved pumpkins) and while we may not be doing this to keep the ghosts from taking us or our land. I can’t help but think the dressing up and trick or treating and jack o  lantern creation generates priceless bonding with family and friends. So what started as a holiday for survival well seems to still be one for that.

 

peace

john3c

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