I don’t ‘profess’ to be the next Mohammed, Brigham Young or other person of someone else’s religious significance. I DO, however, talk to God on almost a daily basis. (He doesn’t talk back in words. . . That’d be creepy) In fact, in college I spoke to him A LOT. The conversation was almost always fairly one-sided, and went something like this: “Oh God,” (my head in a toilet) , “I promise if you let me expel this 5 gallons of Everclear, Budweiser and Jagermeister with as little guttural pain and with a significant reduction in ‘room revolutions’, I will NEVER drink (this much) again”. Unfortunately, (for me), that type of”bargaining” with the ‘Big Guy’ rarely ended with the outcome I’d been requesting. It seems that the one that I choose as my ‘Higher Power’, doesn’t really like to barter with someone who doesn’t have a lot to bring to the table. In fact, when it comes to “God”, I think sometimes, if I’d been there at the “Last Supper” , I would have probably been seated at the ‘Kiddie Table’ with all of the other disciples’ kids, waiting for them to get around to passing us some of the “juice and bread”.
Now before I draw the ire of Conservative Christians , let me just say this. . . “Why are you reading my ‘bit’?” . . . I’m kidding. There is room for just about anyone in “MY HOUSE” . I’ve tried to explain, in some of my previous entries, that I am fairly all-inclusive in the “Faith” department. But, there is one thing that I am having a problem with this year. Perhaps, more than I have in years gone by. I KNOW that there has been a definite “cautiousness” out there in the Christian Community, when it comes to how to approach the celebration of HALLOWEEN. For instance, the church that I belong to is having what some would view as a “Halloween Party” on the 31st of this month, but that is NOT what we are ‘calling it’. No, just to avoid any uncomfortable “philosophical entanglements” with some of the older parishioners in our congregation we are calling this little ‘get-together’ something else. My church has decided, this year, to have a HARVEST CELEBRATION. In California (especially around my domicile) there isn’t a whole lot of Fall Foliage lying about or hanging off of the palm trees . The other trees indigenous to the region also don’t take part in the Festival of Autumn Colors. There are Two Seasons here. . . Summer and Dead. blecch. . . As far as a Harvest? Well we harvest oranges, alfalfa and . . . well, let’s just say, if one wanted to fill a Cornucopia , it would be a pretty “Sorry-Ass” HARVEST representation.
HARVEST CELEBRATION? What is THAT? . . . The children of the church are still invited to wear costumes. There will be the traditional”passing out of candy” (though it will NOT be referred to as Trick or Treating) We will be doing it in the parking lot and handing out the goodies from the backs of our cars. I think they call it “Trunk or Treating” (To me a very dangerous and confusing proposition, “Hey kids! Get in the TRUNK! I’ve got candy! whaa mhuhhaaa haaa!) . . .It seems like we are going to an awful lot of trouble NOT to offend a handful of people. . . But WHY? That got me to thinking. (I know) Why isn’t the church THIS “bunched up” about Easter ? We have “Easter Egg Hunts”
. . . The thing is, I know this isn’t just going on on a small scale. For YEARS the ‘Church’ has railed against a Holiday that they consider Pagan or somehow EVIL . Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy my church-going experiences. But it’s not just MY church. It’s not even the CHURCH on a global scale. There are those out there that would have people think there is something a little too “Dark” going on with this Holiday. But I’d still like to know why ‘PEOPLE’ aren’t seeming to come out of the woodwork at Easter or Christmas (two ‘distinctly’ CHRISTIAN holidays) to rail against the commercialization of two VERY important days in the whole history of “GOD-dom”. Yes, I hear them complain about it, but I’m not so sure that isn’t because they aren’t just “cheap”. Santa and the Easter Bunny, to me, are more of an affront and blatant slap in the face to God, than dressing up like a Power Ranger or Kim Kardashian
Okay, apparently from what I could find through various sources (Wikipedia) , HALLOWEEN is actually loosely based on an End of Summer Harvest (oh) Celebration, Samhain,(pronounced: WHo~cares) in Ireland, dating back about 2000 years. What they did before that, is beyond me. I guess they just picked their crops and “chilled”. But someone, along the line, decided to throw a party and that started the whole thing. I’m guessing it was a bored Celtic “20-something” , that was set to take over his dad’s farm in a couple years and decided if he was going to have to take over the family business, that he wanted to get “good and liquored-up”. It also coincided with their New Year on November 1st (another reason to get liquored up-It’s New Years! Woo Hoo!) . It is said that these Celts were big on their deities (uh oh, Christians) , and built huge bonfires to honor them. They were even known to throw some of their cattle and livestock on the fires as a sacrifice to their ‘Gods’. (To me, this just sounds like a big “Kegger Party”. The Celts got drunk and decided to have a barbeque ) I understand these ‘parties’ also became the introduction of the “Halloween Mask” . The farmers would often wear Animal heads and skins while trying to tell each others “fortunes”. (To me, still NOT evil. Just a “Frat House” Kegger Party. They probably ‘tipped’ the cows , before they ‘made with the steak-eatin’)and asking for candy. (I take one of those back. NEITHER of my girls will be going as Kim Kardashian).
So what am I getting at? Well, for starters, I think that the whole “Pope” thing, that happened, was a day meant to try to counterbalance a “Secular” Holiday. From my “research” I found that the day he meant to be ‘All Saints Day’ , didn’t even really take off right away. He even tried to ‘double-up’ on combatting the secularism by tacking on an additional “All Souls Day”, on November 2nd. . . Yawn. . . I think he may have been better-served to try to keep the chocolate bunnies out of the Celebration of the Resurrection of Christ or maybe keeping the Department Store Santa lines to a minimum the week before Christmas at the mall. I KNOW. . . malls weren’t real big until Pope Leo XII. But let’s get REAL. HALLOWEEN is for the KIDDIES , people! It’s not for the adults ! Except when we’re doing something with our kids. It isespecially NOT for those that decide it’s time to go back and try to find their “Celtic Roots” by dressing up like SPONGEBOB
I’m the BEST KEPT SECRET on the WEB! But I’ve been tellin’ EVERYBODY”