The December challenge is steadily moving forward, and Madi and I have shared quite a lot with our readers. Today is a little bit lighter, a post about our favorite holiday. Enjoy, and feel free to join in on the madness.

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I’ve been called a Scrooge and occasionally a Grinch because Christmas is far from my favorite holiday. In fact, the only holiday that Christmas beats, at least that I can think of, is Valentine’s day. So, with all my Scroog-iness out in the open for the world to see, lets talk about a holiday that I actually love: Halloween.

Halloween is the absolute best holiday there is. There is all of this cool history surrounding it, you get to dress up, which is super fun, and for one night of the year you, as a grown-up adult, can pretend to be something that you aren’t.

So, a little bit of history:

Halloween comes from ancient Celtic (Irish) festival known as Samhain (pronounced “sah-win”).  For the Gaelic culture, Samhain was the end of the harvest season; they would take stock of their goods and prepare for the coming winter. Ancient pagans also believed that the boundaries between the living and the dead were compromised on this night and that the dead would come back and wreak havoc on the physical world.

The ancients would wear masks and costumes, usually scary in nature, to mimic the evil spirits and appease them. This is where we get our tradition of wearing costumes. Another really interesting story from Samhain was the story of Jack. If you’re interested, you should go read it here. 

Halloween is a time of bonfires and crisp fall weather. It is a breath of fresh air after a long, hot summer, and it is a chance to get out into the world and be someone else for a while. It is for friends and families, trick-or-treaters and candy givers. It’s for carving pumpkins in the back yard and drinking spiced apple cider.

Halloween is the best holiday of the year! What’s your favorite?

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