The Conundrum of the Unhallowed

The pastoral and the demonic...

The pastoral and the demonic…

(on the way to church from Sunday morning milk pickup at the lately-pumpkin-and-ghost-bedecked local farm)

David:  Why is there no church day in Halloween?

Me:  Er, what do you mean?

David:  Why does Halloween not have a church day?

Me:  Oh: do you mean, why do we not go to church during the Halloween season?

David:  Yes.

Me:  Well… Christmas is a day, but it’s also a season. Halloween isn’t really a season in the same way… though the decorations do come out a while before the day itself, I guess.  Hallow-e’en means “All Hallows Eve.”  All Hallows’ Day, or All Saints’ Day, is November first. (Hallowed means “holy,” which is we call them “holy-days,” or holidays. Holy mean “set apart” or special.)  So: All Saints’ Day, or All Hallows Day, is the day when we celebrate all God’s holy Saints. And All Hallows Eve is the holiday—or I should say the day; or night, rather—before All Saints’ Day.

David:  But if it’s a holiday, why do people put up scary decorations?

Me:  Wellll… Grm.  All Saints’ Day is a holiday, but I don’t know that Halloween is a holiday.

(sigh)

You know, David: I guess some people who do not like God, and who like Satan instead, use Halloween to celebrate bad things instead of good things. Some good people use Halloween to celebrate pumpkins and fall and good things, but other people use Halloween to celebrate bad things.  It’s not really the best thing to do, but that’s how it is.

David:  But— but the farmer is a good person; so why does she have scary decorations?

Me:  Come back soon, Lord Jesus.  Come back soon.

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One thought on “The Conundrum of the Unhallowed

  1. Jonathan K. says:

    All Saints (and for some churches All Souls, Nov. 2nd) does have a church celebration… although in my parish we celebrate it on the Sunday following.

    Pumpkins and whatnot are fun. But I also passed some really creepy lawn decorations about a week ago….

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