The ghosts and goblins, and Laura Ingalls and Cowboys, and Pippi Longstockings and Space Cowboys, are up to tricks and de-treating you on this day, All Hallow's Eve.
Halloween (and its various other transformations) is one of those holidays that fascinates me for its historical significance through history. It marked a time in the year's cycle for many religions and societies. It was a time of harvest, a time of ghosts & faeries, a time for the year's renewal, a time of mystery. Centuries ago, people were in the fields threshing their harvest before this day. Their work was long and arduous. They put food by for the long winter months ahead. Around the time of Halloween, a day or two were set aside for reflection and celebration; for acknowledging their hard work and welcoming the long winter ahead.
Now, as I begin the hunkering down for winter, I take stock of my current harvest: my children carving pumpkins with their Dad; impromptu costumes for both a school festival and trick-or-treating; the coming holidays; cooking (my favorite time of year for it); and a brand new winter full of the magic of snow---something quite new for my children.
On this Halloween, we welcome our own "new year" in our own new lives.
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