Yes, yes….I realize we are a Christmas ornament company. But who DOESN’T love Halloween? We actually love it so much that one of our staff workers, or as we like to call them, elves, encouraged me to write our October blog about Halloween.
So here I am, and I figured the first thing I would do is write about how Halloween came to be the holiday it is today. However, I had no idea how many pages and pages of information I would find about its origin. To make it easy, I have just provided this short recap I found on the History Channel website, and attached a link to the entire article if anyone would enjoy reading about it. I will take the time and read it myself when I can. It is never too late to learn something new, right?
“Halloween is an annual holiday celebrated each year on October 31. It originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts. In the eighth century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1 as a time to honor all saints; soon, All Saints Day incorporated some of the traditions of Samhain. The evening before was known as All Hallows Eve, and later Halloween. Over time, Halloween evolved into a day of activities like trick-or-treating, carving jack-o-lanterns, festive gatherings, donning costumes and eating sweet treats.”
I did read a little more of this article to learn that there are countries who celebrate this holiday in different ways. I am glad that Halloween here in the United States is all about the fun and the costumes. We actually do sell many ornaments this time of year to moms, dads, and grandparents, etc. who want a special way to remember all the costumes the kids they love wear each year. And hanging these personalized ornaments on your Christmas tree just keeps the fun of the fall/winter holiday season going. We have many ornaments to help remember the great costumes kids wear today including superheroes, princesses, pirates, unicorns, astronauts, Harry Potter and Paw Patrol characters, mermaids and dragons!
Here at the workshop, we even have several elves who come to work on Halloween in a variety of costumes. And what would Halloween be without candy?! We have a wide selection of chocolate and other candy circulating all day long. What fun! And while we do work hard like we do every day, we also find time to turn Halloween into a day of laughing, scaring each other, and eating a little toooo much candy. But it is so worth it. And since the elf who encouraged me to write this blog is usually the ringleader of the fun, it is not surprising that she felt this blog needed to be written!!