What Happened to Halloween?

Hey y’all, so anyone who knows me knows that I absolutely love the holidays. And I don’t just mean Christmas, I mean ALL holidays, Easter, July 4th, Halloween, Thanksgiving, etc. I love how holidays have a way of bringing people together, and giving us something to celebrate or enjoy, especially in the random chapters of our lives. Plus, there’s always some magic to any holiday. What’s been bothering me lately though, is how we (collective we as a society) seem to rush through holidays and only really focus on the main one, Christmas. I mean, I don’t know about y’all, but Thanksgiving, a holiday focused on things we are thankful for, and a big feast, is pretty important to me. Again, I love Christmas, but I think our holidays should be enjoyed, as each one comes and goes. Which is why I have to ask, two days before the spookiest holiday around, what happened to Halloween?

Halloween is one of those holidays that kids love, but I love decorating for it as an adult. I loved dressing up and getting candy as a kid, but there’s just something cool to me about going to a pumpkin patch and picking out the perfect pumpkin to carve. Or finding those bales of hay that just smell like fall. Not to mention, answering the door for trick or treaters and seeing all the frightening ghouls and goblins that grace the neighborhood.

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But it seems to me that, as society dictates, despite the fact that Halloween is not even here yet, we are already over it. All of the stores have already discounted all of the Halloween decorations at 50% off and are pretty much sold out, and Christmas trees have already taken their place. Excuse me, no. Just no. We have not even hit November yet! Don’t get me wrong, getting my mummy cat decoration at half off was great, but I remember when my parents and I would go the day after Halloween to the stores to get all the deals. Nothing was on sale until November 1st, because until then, that was the holiday we were focused on. Not Christmas. But now, we haven’t even hit that hallowed day, and it’s already in the past.

I feel like we didn’t have that build up to Halloween. I mean, for goodness sakes, they had decorations for Halloween in July! Come on guys! That’s a little ridiculous, July is still summer. We haven’t even entered fall, and yet you’re already pushing pumpkins down our throats? What ever happened to enjoying the holidays and the season you’re in? I decorated for fall at the beginning of October, but the final Halloween preparations happened this week. And guess what, for Christmas, I won’t decorate until December. Because, I have a holiday in between, and I plan on enjoying the rest of this beautiful fall weather (yes Florida is actually on par with the season lately, and it’s amazing). After Halloween, I plan on keeping out some of the fall decorations, while packing up Dante (no worries, I included a pic) and my mummy cat the day after until next October.

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Everything in life is so go, go, go, and we’re always looking to the next big thing, rather than just enjoying the season we’re in. And that’s one way to live, but I guess I just prefer a little more laid-back. I want to enjoy the present, and while looking towards the future is great, it’s important to live in the moment and cherish what’s happening right now. Because sometimes, you get so carried away preparing for the future, that when you look back, you don’t have as much to remember in the past. I don’t want that. I want to have lots of wonderful memories, in all seasons. And yes, I am one of those people who had a life plan, and a timeline for when everything was supposed to happen. And guess what, God has His own timeline, so you may as well just sit back and enjoy the time you’re in right now. Planning for the future is great, but you have to enjoy the present at the same time. So let’s keep Halloween, as it is, and remember on Tuesday, that this is Halloween, not pre-Christmas season.

 

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