Halloween, Samhain, All Hallow’s Eve.. What’s it to you?

My nephew is the cutest dragon ever!

My nephew is the cutest dragon ever!

I am the type of person who likes to question everything I choose to do and I like to make sure the reason why I am choosing to do said thing is true to who I am and want to be. I don’t like to do things because it is the social norm. So it is not surprising then that the last few years I have questioned why I celebrate the holidays. Being raised Jehovah’s Witness by my father but living with my mother who wasn’t a Jehovah’s Witness it depended on which parent I was with if I celebrated or not. It is fair to say that my opinion of holidays have been muddled since childhood.

Seeing as how today is Halloween I decided to finally put my thoughts on the subject down on paper.

After I broke completely free of my father’s religion I studied, read and experienced as many different ideas, religions and cultures I could. I have found that my ideas tend to lean more towards the nature based religions such as Druidism, Pagan or Wiccan. For me believing in nature is a lot easier than believing in a god or goddess, natures visible and ever constant. You can smell the soggy leaves that will be next year’s soil, you can hear the wind carrying seeds of life, and you can feel the chill putting the land to sleep.

I like the idea of the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (summer’s end) also known as the Celtic new year. Before we switched over to the Gregorian calendar many ancient calendars were based on a combination of solar and lunar movements, the calendars divided the year in two parts: winter and summer. The transitions between theses created two “new year’s” one of them being Samhain (Halloween) the other being Beltane (May Day).

Now what I don’t like about Halloween is the consumerism side of it. I don’t think it is necessary to spend 100’s of dollars on decorations. I don’t like supporting the candy companies, my personal belief is that nobody should eat that crap it is toxic for your body so the idea of little growing bodies walking around gathering as much poison as they can and turning into little gluttons is a huge turn off for me. Not to mention the safety aspect of going door to door to strangers houses, nobody knows their neighbors anymore.

So how will I be celebrating this holiday? This past weekend my husband and I went to the pumpkin patch and for $11 we got 3 large pumpkins and 10 cute little pumpkins and gourds. We then went home and had a few glasses of wine while we carved our pumpkins and watched some of our favorite seasonal movies, “The Nightmare Before Christmas”, “Hocus Pocus” and “The Great Pumpkin”. It was a great night. The next day we had a harvest dinner at my Grandmothers where we dressed my nephew up in his costume and took so many pictures because he is just too cute! And finally tonight I will do a small personal ritual to put to sleep this last year and start anew tomorrow, with hopes of attaining many personal goals this New Year. I will give my hopes, dreams, hurts and doubts to nature, to the universe and start the New Year with a fresh slate.

And since my husband said I can’t hand out apples to trick or treater’s I will turn all my lights off and hide.

No matter how you choose to celebrate I wish you all a safe and happy Halloween, Samhain, All Hallow’s Eve!

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