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HALLOWEEN?

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HALLOWEEN?

Did you know Halloween was a pagan holiday that dates back to well over 2000 years ago in the Celt’s era? The Celts celebrated Halloween at the end of October, which was the beginning of their New Year.

The Celts believed Hallows Eve was when the boundaries between the world of the living and the world of the dead lost its clarity. On that night, the Celts believed the Ghost of the dead returned to earth. To suppress the dead, bonfires burned, throughout the countryside.

By 43 A.D., the Roman Empire conquered the Celtic lands, and the Holiday changed, now, at the end of October, the Romans commemorated the dead. The next day they honored the Roman goddess of fruit and trees. History tells us this what started us bobbing apples, a game that is still practiced today.

The original pagans were followers of an ancient religion that worshiped several gods. Now the word pagan is used to describe someone who doesn’t go to a synagogue, church, or mosque. It also means it’s anyone else’s religion or belief system that rests outside your own.

All Saints’ Day started in May 609 A. D., when the Pope dedicated the Pantheon in Rome to honor all Christians and Martyrs, moving Hallows Eve from May 13th to November 1st to include all the Saints.

This leads to the All Saints’ Day Celebration, which had been called by several names down through the Centuries, including Alholowmesse, which actually means All Saints’ Day. Then the Celtic Religion began to call the holiday All-Hallows Eve, and eventually, Halloween.

When Halloween spread to America, it was limited because of the Protestant belief systems in New England, still, it spreads wildly in the southern colonies like Maryland.

Because of different ethnic groups, the American version of Halloween began to emerge at public events where stories were told about the dead, along with parties that included singing and dance.

In the 19th century, America was experiencing millions of new immigrants, especially the Irish, who helped to popularize Halloween nationally. Americans began dressing up in costumes (something we borrowed from European traditions) on Obtorer 31th by going house to house asking for food and money, hence Trick or Treat.

Did you know? “Although it is unknown precisely where and when the phrase “Trick or Treat” was coined, the custom has been firmly established in America’s popular cultures by1951, when “Trick or Treating” was depicted in the Peanuts Comic Strip. Also, in 1952, Disney produced a cartoon called “Trick or Treat”, featuring Donald Duck and his nephews Huey, Dewey, and Louie.

All Saints’ Day, in the Christian church, is a day to commemorate all the saints, both known and unknown, who have attained heaven. It is celebrated on November 1st in Western churches and on the first Sunday after Pentecost in the Eastern churches. 

Just so you know, it may not be safe to continue Trick or Treating because of today’s unsavory characters. Choose wisely when it comes to allowing your child to participate or not, the consequences relies on your decision.

It’s Something to Think About!

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Posted by on October 22, 2020 in Something To Think About

 

PLACES TO GO AND THINGS TO SEE?

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PLACES TO GO AND THINGS TO SEE?

The choices made today may have consequences tomorrow. 

I am the eldest of six, and there are only eight years between myself and the baby. Growing up, I always had a baby in my lap doing what babies do. I didn’t complain, it was what it was, although it wasn’t my decision to babysit.  

Even with all those siblings, life was still a dream, we eat together, played in and outdoor games together, but more importantly, we took road trips.

Before I was fifteen years old I had been to New York several times, Alabama, Pennsylvania, Arkansas, Maryland, etc.

While on these road trips, I took full advantage of the adventures. With so many amazing things to see or do that opened my eyes to the world, a world in which I would soon be making decisions for myself.

Did you know The more decisions you are forced to make alone, the more you are aware of your freedom to choose?

In other words, I realized babysitting wasn’t the only thing to look forward to, so getting out of my zip code gave me the best opportunity to experience what else is to be discovered. I realized no place, person or situation was the same; I was ready to explore that possibility. The thing is I wasn’t old enough, but I was coming of age; it wouldn’t be long before high school would be a thing of the past. I needed to be prepared for a new and independent life outside of the home.

The first thing I learned was you just can’t jump up and leave without a plan, underage, and without finances. Oh, but if you are in a hurry, this may help, Do not do the same thing the same way 50 times when it doesn’t work. When you can stop doing that, you may have grown enough to make some decent decisions.

For safety precautions when making those decisions, I suggest you Never base life decisions on advice from people who don’t have to deal with the results.  

I knew life was full of pros and cons, and the safest place was at home still, I wanted to be a part of the outside world, so I decided, what was best for me was not to follow the crowd.  A wise man makes his own decisions, an ignorant man follows public opinion.

I wanted total control of my life, and having a husband and children in or out of wedlock was not for me.

In my day, women were supposed to get married, coupled with doing as they were told; I was determined to make my own decisions about my body and how I would make a living that would allow me to answer to no one. What I learned was Decisions are a reality of life that equates to consequences.

That one sentence started me to wondering, how would I fair in my old age without children, coupled with the decision to never marry. The truth is, I knew the answer; I am not submissive, so having someone rule over me is out of the question. I believed I would have lived a miserable life since I am so happy without ever having a husband and children.

But at age seventeen, I wondered if I could live with that decision fifty years later? I still had to make a decision and live with it. That was the scary part.

Decisions sometimes prove to be very scary, especially when the choice is between where you should be and where you really wanted to be. 

Still, all decisions have consequences, right or wrong, even the well-intended ones. The task is to Remain open to the unfolding of life and let it reveal itself in time. Questions need to be asked, did you think it through, and if you fail, can you live with the decision you made and move on? But more importantly, did you learn anything?

All I am trying to say is you will reap and sow from the decisions you make, just like you will fail and never recover if you fail to adjust.

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Posted by on October 6, 2020 in Something To Think About

 
 
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