Before I post a blog on why I DON’T celebrate Halloween it is important to set the table. This is to ensure you the reader of a couple of items that I know you will want to bring to my attention. You should know there is nothing new you are going to bring to the conversation with me. Here are some disclaimers I must make you aware of before posting.
I do not hate candy- this is not an attack on candy. In fact I love candy. I don’t need one day a year to celebrate the joys of candy- I eat it regularly and come to my house any other day of the year- I’ll give you candy.
I am not against dressing up- I have three kids. Every other day is dress up day at my house. We love using our imagination and pretending- but as I see it there is nothing neither imaginative nor pretend about Halloween.
I pass no judgment- I am going to be using some absolutes and direct language in my upcoming blog post about Halloween. Before I get criticized for being judgmental or pompous understand that I would love to have coffee with you and talk through my convictions… in fact I will even buy the coffee.
I know the history- I already know the history of Oct 31 as Reformation and All Saints Eve. Frankly I don’t care. I am talking from the contextualized day Halloween is today. If we can’t look at it in line with the culture it sits in why look at it. Also, I am not going to use reformation day or All Saints Eve be an excuse to celebrate Halloween.
There are probably more disclaimers but this should at least be a good starting point. If you chose to engage in a dialogue or comment on this blog- remember I reserve the right to respond or delete…be respectful.