It has become my practice, as of late, to take a few minutes by myself after the family goes to bed. Sometimes, it requires hours, some nights it is literally just a few minutes. But those few minutes have my brain churning.
Back when I knew everything about what I would be like as a mom, you know before I had kids, I swore I would not celebrate Halloween with my kids. We would go out for a fun dinner as a family, but we would NOT, NO WAY, do Halloween and Trick or Treating.
Then those kids were born. And they were so cute. The costumes were so cute. It was a match made in Heaven, so Caitlyn became a pumpkin that first year, then we grew another pumpkin, and another.
Hubby and I have talked about it. We’re pretty strict about what the girls can dress as. No witches, no skeletons, nothing grotesque or scary.
This year we have a doctor, nurse and unicorn.
Turns out hubby thought we would not be doing Halloween now that we were homeschooling. Oops. I thought it was important not to take one more thing from them as we are transitioning out of school as they know it.
We’ve talked a lot about not dressing as witches because witches don’t love Jesus. Sue walks through the store asking me why they have all the decorations of witches when they don’t love Jesus. This brings on a conversation about how not all people believe like we do. It sometimes gets weighty for an almost 6 year old and barely 7 year old, but they do a great job grasping it.
But is it enough. Are we helping them understand what we do and don’t believe? Are we doing enough to protect their hearts.
As you might imagine, these thoughts are weighing more on my mind as Halloween comes in 6 days.
Then last night I read this post about redeeming Halloween, engaging in Halloween or encouraging Halloween. I have a lot more to think about and pray about before next year comes. I do absolutely love her Pumpkin Evangelism (downloadable PDF on the right side). It talks about cutting off the top as letting Christ in, then the guts are our sin, cleaning it out is how Christ makes us clean, and the candle is like us shining the light of Jesus into the world.
I am so excited about sharing this with the girls. We will add this our family desire to celebrate Halloween as kids getting to be kids and now talking about how Jesus changes us.
How do you celebrate Halloween? Has it changed over the years?Survive til you Thrive!