Friday, October 30, 2009

Trick or Treating

Did you buy your Halloween treats yet? We did, but we still have to decorate. Somehow the dreary weather doesn't make it fun. It's wet out there! There were so many leaves on the streets in Wilmette this morning, it seemed a safety hazard. If you have teen drivers, you may want to ground them--or pick-up and deliver them to and from their destinations--until it all gets swept up! I was afraid that whenI braked I would skid on leaves. It all turned out fine but seemed very hazardous.

I am excited about Halloween; I love its happy atmosphere. Tonight we will carve pumpkins. Trick or Treating didn't really get going in the USA until the late 1940's, although there are some written references to it in the 1930's. The Dutch theme in the above Halloween greeting card from about 100 years ago may refer to Hollantide, the Feast of St. Martin of Tours, France, also called Martinmas, a popular celebration similar to Holloween since the Middle Ages in the British Isles.


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