Many call it a holiday. Not me. I call it an event. Yeah, it's fun to make-believe for a night and dress up, and the candy is just to die for around here. But all the gruesome stuff can take a hike.
I've noticed this year, more than ever, the neighborhood kids all talking about horror movies, bloody costumes, "Bloody Mary in the mirror" - whatever that is??? - and other weird and gory things. Whenever I hear that kind of talk, I nip it quickly. I'm ok with dressing up, in nice costumes, just for fun. I'm even semi-ok with trick-or-treating. But every year, I see more houses elaborately decorated for Halloween and less for Christmas. I really don't get it. I'm not talking "fall" decorations, I'm talking R.I.P. stones all over the yards, webs from one corner of the house to the other, and purple & orange lights hanging on bushes and gutters.
This is why I appreciate my friend's blog post where she wrote a little about Christmas. I love that her family has such a huge passion for Christmas and gets super excited about it. I used to be one who never would put up a Christmas tree before Thanksgiving because I wanted to get through one holiday before moving to the next. But what better reason to be thankful than for the birth of Jesus Christ? So this year, I do believe our tree will be up before Thanksgiving! But this whole Halloween thing... I'm just not sure about it.