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Halloween Thoughts

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by Power User Shirley McLain on October 10, 2013

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Halloween ThoughtsI thought of Halloween as an American Holiday but as usual when I think I know something, my thinking is wrong.  I probably thought that way because I had not heard of any other countries having a Halloween Holiday.  I wonder if it is practiced in the same way as America does it?

In my childhood the holiday was something I really looked forward to all year long. I knew once school started it wouldn’t be long before I could dress up so no one would know me and head out gathering up all of the candy, popcorn balls and all the many goodies that I could carry. I think my last year to trick or treat I got three large grocery bags full.  I do have to tell you that this was back in the 1950’s in a small town in California.

Halloween ThoughtsTimes changed as it always does and in the 1960’s it became a holiday that wasn’t celebrated as easily as it had been before.  Some real life demons got involved with the trick or treating and killed some children.  Drugs  and poison were added to the popcorn balls as well as ground glass, razor blades and what ever else sick minds could come up with. Everything that was not store bought was x-rayed or thrown away because of the danger.

In the 70’s when my children we big enough to trick or treat they couldn’t go out on the streets as I did and run and laugh. We lived in the country in SE Oklahoma so there were no paved streets lined with houses. They went to Halloween parties and dressed up in their costumes. If it was a church party, costumes were restricted to the non-demonic.  As I grew older I gave up on participating in the holiday at all.  I have to admit, I now hide.

If you want to find out more about the history of the holiday Wikipedia has a great article on the history of the Holiday.  I would like to know how you practice Halloween.  Leave me a comment and let me know your thoughts. Halloween2

I pray that everyone has a safe and happy Halloween, when it happens. We have almost three weeks before it happens here in the states.

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Good Friday

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As  Christian’s, today is the day we call Good Friday.  It is the day chosen to observe the cruisifiction of our Lord, Jesus Christ. When I was growing up I couldn’t grasp the concept of why it was called Good Friday when it represented a man being nailed to a cross and tortured until he died.  In my young eyes, there was nothing good about that. I knew killing was wrong so why did we celebrate a man dying.

Now in my later years I praise God every day for sending his son to this earth to die for my sins, so I can sit at the right hand of my father and praise him. I wrote a poem this morning called Easter Holiday which I would like to share with you.  I hope each one of you have a wonderful Holiday remembering our Lord and Savior.  Blessings to you and yours.

Easter Holiday

Easter holiday celebrated

Remember our Lord’s sacrifice

Taking the sins of mankind

While hanging on the cross

Forgive them Father

Last words spoken

Forgiveness

For all

SAVED

Christmas Eve

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Christmas gifts.

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Here it is, one more time, Christmas. Being Christmas Eve everyone is hurrying around trying to get the last-minute gifts and food items which were forgotten, Christmas dinner will go off just as it was planned.  All of us who celebrate Christmas have our traditions.  My family celebrates on Christmas Eve and Santa visits, leaving those wonderful presents for the excited children.  There are squeals and lots of laughter.  It is planned chaos from start to finish.  Paper and boxes are everywhere.  We do have family members who believe they need to say all the bows and printed boxes.  They think they will use them again but if they do I don’t recognize them.

Then we have the one family member that insists that all the paper be neatly folded before being placed in the trash bags.  That was how mama did it.  Since coming to the family he has learned how to loosen up a bit over the years.  His family’s tradition was to open up gifts on Christmas Eve and then place them around the tree for display until Christmas morning.  I never have been able to understand that particular concept.

What are your family traditions?  Do you know anyone’s tradition that doesn’t quite fit your ideas of Christmas?

I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.  I pray your cup is overflowing with health, happiness, and prosperity.  Blessings to you and yours.

Where’s The Line To See Jesus

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I know my blog is about writing  most of the time but since it is close to Christmas, I have the urge to talk about Jesus,since Christmas is his celebrated birthday.  I have a hard time accepting Christmas not being celebrated for what it was meant to be.  Now it is for many people, “What can I get, or how to make more money.  Our Christmas has become so commercial it has left out the central element, Jesus.

How do you view Christmas?  Is it what you think it should be?  I know everyone is not Christian in their faith, but even so-called Christians have lost sight of what the Holiday is about.  Watch this video, I think it sums it up very nicely.

http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=OExXItDyWEY&vq=medium

In Celebration of Valentine’s Day

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I absolutely love Valentine’s Day.  It is a day for two people to share, to show how much you care.  It only takes a moment to let someone know you care.  It is one of those day’s you really do not have to buy anything.  A look, a touch, and Happy Valentine’s Day can show someone how much they mean to you.  I am posting a poem I wrote.  I hope you enjoy your holiday.

To The Man I Love

Blissfull moments spent thinking of you
building images in my mind
letting the love flow freely
between you and I

finding precious moments
to share a touch or kiss
building on each yesterday
and looking for each tomorrow

the sweetness of life
can’t be measured  by one
two make life worth living
the giving and taking of love