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How Halloween Got Its Start (at least in the mind of a six year old)

October 31, 2007

As we celebrate Reformation Day, I thought I would share with you Sweet Pea’s thoughts on how Halloween got its start. 

Monday afternoon, Sweet Pea said, “Guess what, Mommy?  I know where Halloween comes from.”

Me:  “Really?  Tell me about it.”

Sweet Pea:  “Martin Luther started Halloween by nailing a piece of paper on a door with all the things the church was doing wrong.”

She is a little fuzzy on her facts, but I am delighted that she is learning about Martin Luther and the Reformation at school.  Our family chooses to participate in a Fall Festival with wholesome costumes rather than trick or treating while dressed up as goblins or ghosts, but nevertheless, the word Halloween is stuck in her brain.  So somehow everything has mixed together, and she thinks that we dress up and get candy because Martin Luther followed his conscience according to Scripture.

Of course, it was so cute when she told me this.  But it led me to think again about how our family celebrates holidays.  Family members and friends wonder why we don’t do Santa and the Easter Bunny.  There is nothing wrong with pretending occasionally, but I’d like all the focus to be on Christ during Christmas and Easter. 

Clearly, overcoming our culture is difficult.

One Comment leave one →
  1. mr.robinson permalink
    October 31, 2007 3:46 pm

    hey, don’t worry. she will get it straight in the spring. I think Tara covered the Reformation for a week in history last year.

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