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This year we decided to join some other homeschooling friends and go to a “protected environment” We attended a local Catholic Church All Saint’s Party run by Confirmation Students who had activities for all the “saints in attendance.” It seems every year the market for Halloween has gotten bigger and worse! Our children are actually saddened by homes decorated with goolish type items in their yards. Our oldest, Cookie says “The only person who has ever raised up from the dead is Jesus, so why don’t we put a statue of Jesus in our yard on Halloween?” Our son says the U.S. should make scary things illegal since it is supposed to be fun for little kids and not scary.
In our home we found many saints anxious to go and see friends. We had
and of course, a little Saint Doll
All Saints’ Day, All Hallows, Hallowmas (“hallows” meaning “saints,” and “mas” meaning “Mass“), is a feast celebrated on November 1 or on the first Sunday after Pentecost in honour of all the saints, known and unknown. Halloween is the day preceding it, and is so named because it is “The Eve of All Hallows”. All Saints is also a Christian formula invoking all the faithful saints and martyrs, known or unknown. In terms of Catholic theology, the feast remembers all those who have attained the beatific vision in heaven, while the next day, All Souls’ Day, commemorates the departed faithful who have not yet been purified and reached heaven.