I'm gonna cover a lot here... So if it feels like I'm skipping around, I'm sorry. There's a lot of seemingly disjointed topics that all seem to converge in my mind.
To start off, I was reading in "A Perfect Brighness" about All-Saints Day and Halloween. Her summary of the whole "History of Halloween" thang is pretty good. She commented on our unique LDS perspective on "All Saints Day". So, here are all of my disjointed thoughts:
My kids love Halloween, with the costumes and the candy and everything about it. I wanted to tie it closer together with some of its more spiritual roots. So, a few years ago we started a tradition of celebrating Nov 1 as All Saints Day. Being LDS, however, we re-interpret it and celebrate it in our own way. We have a special dinner, and after dinner, we talk of the saints in our family that have passed on before us. Some times we talk about memories of Parents and Grandparents. Other times we look up our family history and talk of the stories of those ancestors that are a part of our legacy. It turns into a very fun evening of family bonding.
One thing Jennifer mentioned in her blog post was "According to tradition, November 1st is the time to celebrate the lives of the martyrs." I thought that was very interesting, since so much of my own study and personal pondering has been focused on the concept of martyrdom, culminating in the completion of the song, "Martyrs".
The whole concept of our celebration of Halloween is a topic that I touched on in a blog post almost 7 years ago. In fact, it was 7 years ago, tomorrow, that I began the Mo'Boy blog! It all began with a post about Isaiah.
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