I like Halloween.
As a Christian, a lot of other supposed Christians try to judge me on that. I guess some of them didn’t like Harry Potter much, either, while I found a lot of Truth in it.
Truth is Truth where e’er it’s found
On native soil or foreign ground.
Sorry, can’t find the attribution on that. Somebody help me?
As a father of six, a lot of other health conscious parents open fire on me. Am I being irresponsible in letting my kids go trick-or-treating?
I will say this much: I like Halloween. I like masquerades. I like pretending I’m somebody else every now and then, and letting my kids do the same. That’s not the proprietary domain of a writer, but it helps. [Edit: I like Christmas, too; but Christ was born ‘in the time of the young lambs’ according to Josephus. Saturnalia, the pagan winter solstice festival, was December 25. Frankly, I’m not sure Jesus cares when we celebrate his birthday. I do think he cares that we do celebrate it, just not when we do.]
I like candy. But then, I also like brussels sprouts and sushi and filet mignon. I like working out at the YMCA. While health is a problem, I’m skeptical that diet and exercise are the problems with that problem. You got a problem with that?
What I do have a problem with is growing old. Growing up was bad enough. Growing old positively sucks! Not being as imaginative as I used to be sucks. Is imagination one of the things that slips a parity bit when you start approaching 26 years? (Okay, I’ve still got a ways to go before I turn 64, but still.)
Trust me, folks; if you have a choice on growing old, pass on it. It ain’t worth it!
As for growing ‘up,’ it is my considered opinion that we can be responsible and be childlike. I say, if there is something, be it costume parties, or trick-or-treating, or even a lime flavored Tootsie Roll chew (them suckers are good!) to help keep the creative fire burning, then that’s A-okay by yours truly.
I am reminded of a music video for “Hell Bent” by Kenna. I don’t want the fire in my belly to go out!
And to my fellow Christians; frankly Jesus strikes me as the type who would have gone to a masquerade with friends and family, and would have had fun, and then used it as a teaching opportunity. Would he have ‘celebrated’ the Day of the Dead (Nov 2, US and Mexico)? Hmm. I’m thinking that might depend on your definition of celebrate. After all, he did open the graves of those that had slept, when Death tucked its tail between its legs and acknowledge who was boss with a humble ‘Just kidding, Sir! You the Man!’
I have fun speculating on what costume Jesus might wear for taking the kids out trick-or-treating. If that sounds like blasphemy to you, you might want to get a better handle on the New Testament. The guy that blessed children, and made sure a wedding he was going to had sufficient wine even if he had to ‘bring it’ by miraculous means, and who wasn’t above chowing down with tax collectors and other unsavory types, and who was the boss of Mr. Death, probably woudn’t have gotten his knickers in a bunch over Halloween like some of his disciples might have (and do). Just sayin.
So there. Plththththt.
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Kenna – Hell Bent (Official Music Video)