We aren’t taking the kids trick-or-treating tonight. I could sit here and make a bunch of excuses (we didn’t get costumes, its going to be too cold, everyone in the house is sick, Tiny Guy is too little, etc…), but the truth of the matter is I just don’t think it’s a day we should be celebrating.
I have sat here and thought about it quite a bit lately. Don’t get me wrong, we did attempt to take Snow Angel the Bumble Bee out last year (she was asleep before we made it to the first stop). I have actually had quite the debate with myself over it. “They are young enough they won’t know the roots of Halloween” ” Its a pagan holiday that we, as Christians, shouldn’t celebrate” The internal dialogue goes on.
In actuality, I am not singling out Halloween. I also feel this way about Santa and the Easter Bunny. I want my kids to know the TRUE meaning of these holidays. Santa wasn’t born to save us, Jesus was. The Easter Bunny didn’t die on the cross so that we may have everlasting life, Jesus did.
I can remember as a teen looking at my mom and saying, “The one thing you hope to teach your children is not to lie. Yet you find it prefectly acceptable to let your kids believe in Santa, the Easter Bunny, and the Tooth Faerie. Why?” The first thing most kids say when they find out the devastating truth that Santa isn’t real is “You lied to me.” And what are you supposed to say to that? I don’t want to intentionally mislead my kids, I want to raise them with a solid foundation in the Lord.
While I would never criticize another parent for celebrating Halloween, Santa, or the Easter Bunny, we will choose to celebrate our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
“But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”
I pray everyone enjoys today and stays safe, no matter what their plans may be🙂