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September 26, 2005


Happy fall to you all! It's starting to get nice and chilly around here, but it won't officially be Fall until I get a cinnamon twist from Brant's in Ashtabula. That was a tradition of ours that I feel very strongly about continuing. Mmm . . . cinnamon twists.

And you know what else Fall means? Halloween is coming! Also a favorite of Danny's, as you may remember. Did you ever wonder why? Doesn't it seem odd for someone's favorite holiday to be Halloween? I think his favorite holiday used to be Thanksgiving until his dad died in 1995. His dad always took pride in cooking a big meal so I think Danny associated Thanksgiving with his dad. Christmas was too commercial to be his favorite holiday (good grief!). So next was Halloween. When we lived in VA and he was a youth minister, there was a family that put on a big, scary Halloween maze in their back yard and they charged a canned good to enter and donated them all to a local food bank. He always wanted to do something like that but he thought it would cause too much of a stir at the church.

He also said "no" when I wanted to start a Friday night poker game. I don't know what all the fuss was about. No one else was using the church on Friday nights.

Posted by Stephanie at September 26, 2005 12:07 AM

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Halloween is my favorite holiday, too. Second favorite is Thanksgiving. Fall is the most perfect season of the year, the days are a riot of colors and the nights are alive with spooky possibilities. And the weather is perfect!

Posted by: Killer Kitten [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 26, 2005 10:19 AM

Halloween is just blessedly free of complex obligations and expectations that have grown up around some other holidays that can potentially drain the joy out of simply being with those we love. We are given free reign to be goofy and childish and mischievous (or just more so than we normally are in most cases). Plus there's candy. What's not to love?

Posted by: Pete [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 26, 2005 01:01 PM

Very true. Even though we never got trick or treaters at our house, Danny always bought a couple bags of candy. You know, just in case.

Posted by: Mrs. Popping Culture [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 26, 2005 02:31 PM

Dan was very wise to stockpile the "just in case" candy: I find it's a perfectly legitimate way to "have to" do my duty to help consume it after it doesn't all get distributed! And besides, Halloween is my favorite holiday too-- also my birthday, which explains everything.

Posted by: Gail [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 29, 2005 10:46 PM

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