Our service from the 1940s, the tolling of the bell, and the lighting of candles is a reminder of those who have come before us, especially our departed loved ones.
At this time of year, I am accused of being a “Christmas Hater”.
I have decided that I am not an actual “Christmas Hater”, but rooted in my OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) I desire each season and holiday to be their own experiences before experiencing the next.
Thus, I tell the (zealot) Christmas Lovers… “we have not even had the turkey yet!”.
As Christians, especially Protestants, we tend to not honor the different experiences of Allhallowstide in our time and place. Allhallowstide is a three-day celebration of our dead that begins with a holy evening known as All Hallows Eve, or Halloween on October 31st.
Side Note: Halloween is actually my favorite holiday… so I am mourning its end.
The ancient world, differing cultures, and religious faiths believe that on October 31 (All Hallows Eve) the veil between our physical world and the spiritual (or otherworldly) realm is at its thinnest. In fact, our modern Halloween practices remain rooted in All Hallows Eve. Read the rest of this entry »