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Honey what shall we do with our kids on Halloween?

December 10th, 2013 by Fr. Vasile

Romanian Traditional New Year Dress-up

Romanian Traditional New Year Dress-up

All things are lawful for me but not all things are helpful; all things are lawful for me but not all things edify. (1 Co 10:2)

Spending all my childhood and early youth in native Romania I have to admit that I am not (yet) emotionally involved with all the major American Holidays. I am working on it especially since my family has been naturalized a few years ago but I find myself a bit of a stranger around these days. This fact however offered me the opportunity to research their meaning with fresh inquiring eyes and to not just take them for granted. I take for granted only the Romanian holidays that I grew up with just like every American does with theirs.

The holidays we grow up with become so engrained over the years to the point where although we keep all the rituals decorations and foods they start to lose their meaning to us. We celebrate them because that’s what we do but we rarely bother to recollect their deeper significance. Even great Holidays like Christmas Pascha or Thanksgiving are rapidly losing their meaning to consumerism and marketing.

The situation gets even more complicated when a Christian Orthodox comes to America or when an American born joins the Orthodox Church.

The fall-winter season is particularly challenging. First comes Halloween….

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