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Do You Celebrate Halloween?

When I worked in the office, I used to do my best to either not work on Halloween or take a half-day off. Why? Traffic. I promise you, it never failed that traffic was horrible. Ask anyone who lives or works near an already busy mall. Rush hour on a regular day was bad enough. Now you have parents taking kids trick-or-treating in nearby neighborhoods and the mall. My question has nothing to do with the traffic. Do you celebrate Halloween?

Well, honestly, I don't and haven't since my sons were in elementary school. My reason for choosing not to is behind the meaning or history of it. Halloween originated from the Celts, over 2,000 years ago. Celebrating their new year on November 1, the people built huge sacred bonfires, burned crops and animals as sacrifices to the Celtic deities. They wore costumes, mostly consisting of animal heads and skins, and made a practice of telling each other’s fortunes. Who wants to celebrate something that goes against God's commands? Not me.

The first commandment instructs us to have no other god before God (Exodus 20:3). I am not here to judge anyone. My sons know where I stand on this, but they still choose to celebrate the holiday. I just choose not to participate. And before you ask, no I do not go to Halloween costume parties. You may think that I am being a bit extreme and that's okay. You're entitled to your thoughts and opinions, I respect them. But I tend to care more about what God thinks or says.


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