Monday, October 22, 2012

What to do on Halloween?

Halloween in right around the corner.  Since my second son was almost two, this time of year has never been easy.  Why??  Well, my son was turning two in September and since every store, restaurant, gas station!!!, you name it, starts celebrating Halloween months before, this became a huge deal in our family.

When my husband and I married we never talked about what we would do on this day because we had no children.  Also because my husband never grew up celebrating Halloween (he is not from the USA).  Once we had our first child, we didn't talk about it much, didn't think we needed to.  During that time I was a Sunday School Director of our old church, so I was concerned more with what we would do as a church.  

A year or so passed and our second child arrived.  Still did not think much of it.  We figured the kids don't understand anyway!!  BUT, when I went into a Party City to buy some Birthday decor for my sons 2nd Birthday, at the end of August, I began to get concerned.  It took my son's fear to wake my husband and myself up.  In the store they had gone all out for Halloween.  As I was walking by one of the aisles one of those scary, movable, mechanical men, started moving and yelling and accidentally touched my baby boy.  IT WAS COMPLETE FEAR that came over him.  He yelled that he wanted to leave.  SO I left everything in the cart and walked out with him in my arms in tears.  I could not go to many places because of the Halloween decorations! To this day, it is the same! He really does not like seeing Halloween decorations.

Is this the reason we don't celebrate Halloween?  Absolutely NOT!  It is not even part of the reason!!  I know that may seem surprising and it might be a good enough reason not too, but it's just not the reason!  So what is the reason our family does not celebrate Halloween? or celebrate any SUBSTITUTION to Halloween?

My husband and I have come to the decision that we only celebrate holidays that HONOR and Glorify CHRIST.  We believe and know that Halloween in no way honors God.  We have read much in-depth about the origins of Halloween and choose not to be part of its celebration.  So what do we do?  Do we hide in our homes and not answer the door?  Absolutely NOT!!

The Bible says, 

This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. ~ Psalm 118:24

We have taught our boys that every day is a day that God has created and we need to glorify Him.  We teach them to thank God for everyday and all that He does and gives us in that day.  Halloween is something that is celebrated on a day that God has made.  So we honor God, while the world does differently. The Bible tells us to flee from the very “appearance” of evil. Jesus hung out with the sinners, but he didn’t participate in the activities. He preached his Fathers’ word and encouraged sinners to cease from their wordly ways and give their heart to Christ.

Our family dedicates that day to evangelize and share Jesus.  Our boys help to make or fold tracts.  We talk about being a light to the world, just as Jesus taught us to be.  In no way do they miss the whole dressing up or getting candy!  These are OUR CONVICTIONS.

Bible verses to read : Ephesians 5:7-12, 2 Timothy 1:7, 1 Thessalonians 5:21-22, James 1:27, 3 John 1:11, Romans 12:9, 2 Corinthians 6:14-17, 1 Corinthians 11:1, 1 Corinthians 10:31, James 4:7-8, Romans 13:12,

I wanted to share a PRINTABLE that we use to hand out if we are out or at home when the door bell rings.  Just fold it as a booklet. I made it in color and black and white.  I pray it will bless you and you will be able to use it to spread Jesus to your neighborhood / community.

Once again, these are our family convictions and what we do with OUR FAMILY.

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1 comment:

  1. Monica...great encouragement here. We live in a rural area so visitors for treats are very rare. One year we got three knocks on the door. In the past, before living where we do now, we taped scripture to small candy bars. Thank you for sharing what your family does at WJIM. Have a blessed week sweet friend.



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