Of course, it is Halloween celebrations tonight. Not that I have anything to do with them. In fact, until I grew up I had never heard of Halloween, but now the shops are jumping in on it and it is fast becoming a very commercial event here in New Zealand.
Most people I know still don’t observe it, and the ones who do seem limited mostly to their children wandering around houses knocking on doors. I’m not sure I agree with this – we spend ages telling our children not to speak to strangers or accept sweets from them, and then encourage them to go out and do just that. It doesn’t seem right to me somehow.
When I was in town this morning I noticed several shops have Halloween decorations up, but these are still not common in the home. The children do love to dress up though, but not all parents are into the witches, demons and skeletons thing. One little girl I heard of this morning dressed as a fairy so she could participate in the after-school function the school is putting on so that the children do not need to go around houses.
One Christian family that I know organises a special event for the children of their church on this night, pointing out the “dark side” of Halloween and providing an exciting alternative so that the child does not feel left out when their friends go “trick and treating”.
This morning was bright and sunny with lots of blue sky, but this afternoon the cloud has built up and there is a breeze blowing. The days are growing warmer and we have 20 degrees Celsius here today.
One of the household cats has claimed my bed as her new daytime-snooze place – I think she likes the sunshine coming in the window or maybe it is the soft blanket. I don’t have the heart to kick her off the bed – at the moment she is losing her winter coat so leaves little patches of black fur behind whenever she settles anywhere, but who can resist a cat who purrs every time she sees you?
|Mittens asleep on the end of my bed|
Today marks the end of my first month of blogging. Without my darling husband (we were married just short of 45 years), I think it would be very easy to settle down into a quiet little rut and ignore the rest of the world. I am finding blogging is helping me to reach out and make contact with other like-minded people from all different places around the world. It is exciting, and I am beginning to understand what people mean when they mention their Blogland Friends. I am glad I am now able to join in and be a part of that wonderful community.
Thank-you for reading my blog J