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Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Begging from your neighbors

Trick or Treat!!
(translation: give us some candy or else…)

Kids begging for candy from neighbors … some call it a holiday.

But wait . . . they do it at Christmas, too!

Check out this snippet from a common Christmas carol:

…We have a little purse
Made of ratching leather skin;
We want some of your small change
To line it well within…

And another one:

…Oh, bring us a figgy pudding and a cup of good cheer
We won't go until we get some; We won't go until we get some;
We won't go until we get some, so bring some out here…

Maybe Christmas and Halloween have something in common after all.

(1) Here We Come A-Wassailing (2) We Wish You a Merry Christmas


  • Even if they do, this woman still likes Christmas better! Gladness that Halloween is OVER!!! yes!

    By Blogger Rose~, at 11/01/2005 6:49 AM  

  • Candy is good for all holidays.

    By Blogger Nettie, at 11/01/2005 8:32 AM  

  • I am glad halloween is over as well, but I need to remember we should delight in every day as a gift from God as well and sometimes it's hard.

    It's a confusing time of year for our family. I love the reformation day part and know that the kids who do trick or treat are just innocent fun for most, but my wife and I don't really want to do it with our kids.

    The problem with our opinion is my kids seem to think all kids who do halloween are in the wrong. We don't believe this at all. I don't have a problem with the princesses and bunnies and dogs.

    It's hard because my kids believe everything we say and misunderstand our reasoning. They all say "we don't like halloween", but I want to teach them that God is a God of each day and the most important thing is your love for God not saying "no" to a costume day.

    If it was just about princesses and stuff like that we would do it. Most of it is because the older kids scare the younger and our kids are very easily scared by certain outfits. Also the stores decorations got my oldest all upset because they are getting more full of blood and stuff.

    Well anyway I tried to explain it to them and it's getting better. I most want them to not think more highly of themselves since we don't celebrate the same way

    By Blogger Shawn L, at 11/01/2005 9:20 AM  

  • Would that something in common be called DEMANDINGNESS?


    By Blogger John Rush, at 11/01/2005 9:23 AM  

  • I suppose they are both holidays, festivals, a break in the normal routine. Hence, the normal rules of authority are broken down and children are accorded the power to make demands.

    God Bless

    By Blogger Dyspraxic Fundamentalist, at 11/01/2005 10:08 AM  

  • Nettie,
    love candy!

    hey, great to see you! It IS a confusing time in a lot of ways. I appreciate what you are saying about not settling pride into the hearts of our children.

    love the new word! Fallen human beings don't really need a holiday to practice demandingness, do we?

    Hi Dyspraxic!

    By Blogger Rose~, at 11/01/2005 12:57 PM  

  • It's the cry of the modernist: Gimmie, Gimmie, Gimmie!

    By Blogger Joe, at 11/01/2005 7:21 PM  

  • Ah ha ho! Keep thinking us make.

    By Blogger Bhedr, at 11/01/2005 7:51 PM  

  • Btw, The Christmas tree is said to originate with the worship of Tammuz. The Child of Semiramus and Nimrod. It is odd that paganism and Christian ideas throughout the course of time mingle and that Rome stands as its poster child. My older Cousin(mothers cousin) doesn't celebrate Christmas. He is a Plymouth Brethren.

    By Blogger Bhedr, at 11/01/2005 7:57 PM  

  • Good for him. If I did not live with my parents, I would have nothing to do with Christmas.

    God Bless

    By Blogger Dyspraxic Fundamentalist, at 11/02/2005 11:55 AM  

  • "When I was a kid we didn't go around singing pretty songs for cookies and candy. We would just knock on the door and say, 'Hey give me some money... it's Christmas!"

    By Anonymous Angry Old man, at 11/02/2005 11:24 PM  

  • You nailed it Rose! What they have in common in is secularization. Notice the two "carols" you chose to quote from deliberately direct attention away from the birth of Christ to make Christmas just another "family day," just another "day off," just another day!

    Thanks for pointing out the similarity in secularization of notr only these two so-called Holidays, but much of what passes for "Christian."

    Good thoughts... and grace to you!

    By the way ... "Hello Shawn!" It's been a while!

    By Blogger Reformer, at 11/03/2005 3:44 PM  

  • Hi Joe...we miss you.

    Hi Brian,
    Thanks for the info on Tammuz, The Child of Semiramus and Nimrod. Tell your wife "Hi"

    angry old man...go back to late night TV!

    Hi Dave!
    I didn't hit the nail you were referring to. I was thinking about "begging from your neighbors" ... not the secularization of Halloween (!?!)

    By Blogger Rose~, at 11/04/2005 3:33 PM  

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