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(((hugs))) Sharyn, you are in my thoughts and prayers today.
Toggle Commented Apr 7, 2014 on In February I was pregnant at Live from Tormville!
I've had this discussion every year with someone since I was a teen. The North American (parts of Canada go "Trick or Treating" too) custom is rooted in the folk-ways of the British Isles, and especially the Irish Catholics. Some of the symbols were adopted by "polite society" for party amusements and party themes. So while some have 'fancy dress' parties, others kept the folk customs of begging for a treat, with the promise to pray for the souls of the house (giving the treats) and if you did not treat, well who knows what the "spirit" would do (some form of vandalism). In the mostly Protestant North American communities, there was no festive time, as is celebrated in parts of Europe in the days leading up to Carnival or Fasching before the season of Lent. Halloween makes up for this. Why ghosts, and ghoulies and things oft thought of as evil? Because "dressing up" you adopt the "creature" you fear, and thus conquer that creature. Why fear a ghoul when it is only your neighbor's son in face paint? Why fear a zombie when it is your daughter in costume? Why fear death when Christ conquered it? All Saint's Eve is a VERY Catholic thing. For some anti-Halloween might be a rejection of the Catholic faith. But more and more I see much of the "anti-Halloween" is a rejection of the 'god-less' and 'self-indulgent' aspects that mock the faith and teachings of Judaism and Christianity.
Glad to hear everything is going well, you're in my thoughts and prayers.
Toggle Commented Jul 25, 2010 on's a fight at steph's stuff
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Those are great!!! I am so happy you are getting recognition for your great stuff. Did you take Jessica Sprague's On-line Class, "Up and Running" for PSE?? Much of her stuff in the kit is from the class. But there is so much more to the class. Again friend, great job!!
Toggle Commented Aug 25, 2007 on Fun, fun stuff! at steph's stuff
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Steph, I am so happy for you!!! Congrats!
Toggle Commented Mar 25, 2007 on It's been a week! at steph's stuff
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