I really have struggled about whether or not to write this post. I don't want to press my views onto anyone, however, I don't think avoidance is the answer, either. Just know, if you decide to continue reading, these are my views, and I know that many will not agree (and that's ok!)
I am referring to the holiday of Halloween. I know many of you do celebrate Halloween and mean no harm and actually have a lot of fun doing so. I used to dress up and go to parties, carve pumpkins and encourage others to do the same. In fact, one year I carved 10 BIG pumpkins and lit them up on my front porch. My husband and I were living in a home that was built in the early 1900's, in an older neighborhood so the house had a nice porch with a swing. (Oh, how I miss porches and swings and rocking chairs, but, I digress!) So that particular Halloween seemed especially festive to me with 10 pumpkins carved and lit on the railing around the porch. Anyway, in the last couple of years, I have found out what Halloween actually means and what carved pumpkins with a candle in them stand for, and now, being informed, choose not to participate. (It truly hit home for me when I realized that Halloween is one of the most widely celebrated holidays, second only to Christmas, and this dichotomy is no coincidence in my book. I had always heard this, but failed to realize the significance of it!)
So today, I do hope that each and every one of you have a blessed and safe day.
If you are interested, here is a link with some info on the meaning of Halloween that I found to be very informative!