Here are Seven Quick Takes about what's going on for us as we celebrate these special Fall days!
Last weekend we attended our homeschool group's All Saint's Day party. It was such a time of fellowship and fun for the children AND adults! My sweet friend Blair has some lovely pictures of all the socializing that went on, but here are a few of my crew:
|Gab (St. Bernadette) and Joe (St. George) decorating sugar cookies at "St. Martha's Baking" booth (which was manned and prepared by my dear friend L. and me! It seemed to be a hit with the children, but next year MORE sprinkles!)|
|Colette dressed as St. Giana.|
Wednesday night we observed our yearly family tradition of watching The Nightmare Before Christmas, followed by Jack-o-Lantern pizza from Papa Murphy's, apple cider (some years it's hot chocolate), and pumpkin carving.
Today we took the day off of school in observance of All Saint's Day. Errands were run and the girls helped me clean up the house (which is surprisingly fast these days). Now they are watching the DVD from Colette and Gabrielle's ballet performance in May (which totally makes me cry!) while I cook up a storm with little breaks in between to blog.
On tonight's menu: Rosemary Beef Stew and cornbread (which we'll be slathering with Kerrygold Butter - a subject I found my Instagram followers to be very passionate about! Wow!). I'm also cooking lasagna sauce so that I can put together a lasagna tomorrow to take to the All Saint's party (oh, and pumpkin pie!). It smells amazing in here!
Don't you love Autumn cooking? Thankfully it's actually NOT hot today. What joy.
I'm registering for the Thanksgiving Day 3 mile run here in town again. I had hoped to do the 5 mile run, but we really must be realistic. By then I'll be almost 25 weeks pregnant. I just hope I can run a whole 3 miles, even if it's really slow.
Anyway, this race has a special place in my heart because when I did it last year, I realized that all of my work had been paying off, and it gave me the courage to bite to bullet and register for my first triathlon. That tri was huge for me, and it continues to be (being the non-athlete, perpetually pregnant woman that I am) because thinking about doing another one after little Adelaide is born is what prevents me from stuffing my face with cookies.
Next Fall I plan to go for it again, probably an easier one, and then my first half marathon in January 2016. That seems so long from now. But my choices now will dictate what happens after the birth of this baby. I hope I can do it again.
|I miss seeing this gear in my laundry room!|
While we do go out trick-or-treating, Halloween is not my most favorite of holidays to spend money on, so costumes largely come out of the dress up box. This year we have:
- a ballerina (yay! another use for very expensive recital costumes!)
- a knight
- Nancy Drew
- Lucy from I Love Lucy
- a ballerina/princess/pretty pretty girl mashup.
The girls were asking me what I dressed up as for Halloween as a girl. I honestly don't remember for the most part, but I remember being once a baker, a ballerina, and trick-or-treating in my pajamas.
After we take a turn around the neighborhood, we'll watch It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, which is honestly my favorite part of the whole day. I love you forever, Charlie Brown.
|my favorite knight|
So, is it actually OK for Catholics to engage in the Halloween fun?
My take is yes, with a little bit of scare (case in point: the movie choices above, some fun reading, a healthy dose of "yes we're gonna die") but very little gore (save stories of the martyrs, there's plenty of gore in there). Nothing that can be construed as part of the occult. We won't touch that with a 10-foot-pole.
BUT, if you're wondering more about why I find it harmless to visit our neighbors, eat lots of chocolate, and prepare ourselves to be very grateful for our friends, the Saints, in Heaven, here's a great article entitled, "The Long, Twisted Story of All Hallows Eve."
When it comes to the “pagan origins” of Halloween, it turns out there is nothing there. Halloween is a product of Christian culture — and mostly American Christian culture — through and through. Where it is most ancient, it is least pagan — and most deeply Catholic.Have a fun night, friends!
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