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For the last two weeks, there has been an emphasis on Halloween on the new ABC show, The Chew. And I mean everyday. Please don't misunderstand me. I like to have fun as much as the next person. And I don't really see harm in children going around trick or treating. But I wonder how The Chew will handle Christmas. It is not politically correct to use the J word anymore. (Jesus Christ) How did this come about...a rhetorical question!
My family has been in this United States at least since the 1700's and have always worshiped God, the Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit. What could possibly be offensive in that?
When Father John gave a homily on All Hallows Eve, another name for Halloween, I began to wonder about the origin of the holiday. It apparently began as a Pagan celebration called Samhain.
When Christianity spread to Europe, the Pope was displeased with the people celebrating this pagan holiday so he combined it with All Saints Day on November 1, a holy day of obligation. At that time the children and adults would dress as saints on October 31, All Hallows Eve.
Halloween has really become a money maker for retailers who sell spooky decorations and costumes. While these are being sold in late September, Thanksgiving and "Holiday" items also line the store aisles. We are allowed to say "Happy Halloween" and " Happy Thanksgiving" but not "Merry Christmas"?? I say "Bah Humbug" to that!
Just my two cents.
May the Lord, Jesus, bless you with peace and joy today!