I debated writing this post because I know that most of you celebrate Halloween and you might not like reading anything negative about it. I might even loose a follower or two over this, I'm sure. I understand that people don't like to read/hear that traditions they've been practicing for years are wrong. I get that, but I felt I should write this post because it's important to me for you to know why I don't celebrate it. I want to clarify that this post in NO WAY is meant to make you feel bad about celebrating Halloween or to say that I am better than you because I don't celebrate it. NOT TRUE! I can probably write a FULL blog post on my imperfect ways. (please don't ask me to write it though)
I grew up not celebrating Halloween. Around this time of year I would often feel left out when kids would come bragging about the amount of candy they got and how awesome their costumes were. I never really understood why I didn't celebrate it, I just knew it was bad. I mean it's kinda obvious that death, skulls and scary things have nothing to do with Christ. Darkness + Light just don't go together. That I understood. I just never knew how to explain when asked why?
I foundTHIS article on KLOVE a couple years ago and it helped me understand it better. I won't bore you with details on the history of Halloween which I'm sure you already have an idea of where it comes from. If not then you can find the history here. There is nothing "nice" about Halloween. Remember when I shared this post on why I don't watch scary movies? It's basically the same thing. Why celebrate fear, death and darkness? It just doesn't make sense to me.
Take no part in the worthless deeds of evil and darkness; instead, rebuke and expose them. - Ephesians 5:11 (NLT)
When you find out the history of Halloween and how it began it's easy to see that this "Holiday" is nothing short of evil and although many aspects of it have been made "kid friendly" it doesn't change the fact of what Halloween is TRULY about.
So I don't celebrate Halloween not only because of it's roots and where it comes from but mainly because deep down in my heart I know Halloween in no way helps me in my personal spiritual walk with Christ. I choose to continue with what my parents instilled in me and I will not let my kids celebrate it. I don't want them to just "fit it" and do what everyone else is doing. I know what Halloween is about and I will not have my kids participate and celebrate something that has evil roots especially something where Christ is completely absent.
Again this post is not intended to make anyone feel bad. It's purely to answer the "Why don't you celebrate Halloween?" question I get often around this time of year.
If you are still following me after this post... you are awesome! ;)
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