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Halloween Timeline: How the Holiday Has Changed Over the Centuries

Discussion in 'One Bread, One Body - Catholic' started by Michie, Oct 26, 2021.

  1. Michie

    Michie Human rights begin in the womb. Supporter

    United States
    Halloween’s origins can be traced back to antiquity. Most point to Samhain, a Celtic festival which commemorated the end of the harvest season and the blurring of the physical and spirit worlds, as Halloween’s forebear. Over the ages, the holiday evolved, taking on Christian influences, European myth and American consumerism. Today, Halloween is celebrated with trick-or-treating, costumes and jack-o-lanterns—all things which would likely be unrecognizable to those who took part in the holiday’s earliest forms.

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    Halloween Timeline: How the Holiday Has Changed Over the Centuries
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  2. Caroline Kiama

    Caroline Kiama New Member

    Across the world, the month of October ushers in a new season of weather, pumpkin themed foods, and fall celebrations. Also, October means the arrival of an often-celebrated holiday: Halloween. While the holiday provides an outlet for costume creations and candy consumption, for many Christian families the question remains: Should Christians celebrate Halloween?

    The answer: it depends.

    God desires faithful obedience for you and your family. For Christians, Halloween offers the opportunity to model faithfulness and obedience in our decision-making.

    At the very least, Halloween provides a conversation starter between you and your kids, or a neighbor, or even a co-worker. From there, the holiday presents an incredible opportunity to develop new relationships and share your faith. As a parent, continue to study, pray, and seek God’s wisdom on this topic. Follow the conviction of your own heart through the Holy Spirit so that, whatever your family decides, others might see Christ working through you.https://shortlink.biz/207108
  3. Andrei D

    Andrei D Well-Known Member

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    Eastern Orthodox
    The problem with Halloween is insolvable: it enforces an anti-Christian view of the afterlife. Even the most "innocent" manifestations are potentially malignant, particularly the "fun" ones, because of the risk that young children will acquire a low level, fundamental layer of "understanding" that bypasses critical reasoning because of their still developing cognitive abilities and might be permanently set. Other influences - media/movies/stories, peers and wacky pseudo-christian spiritism - all of these tend to also sneak below the level on top of which we then try to build a correct understanding of the spiritual realm, afterlife, judgement and salvation. Limiting / avoiding such influences as best as possible might be a prudent idea.

    Or maybe I am becoming a curmudgeon in my old age :D