Monday, October 31, 2005

Holiday Fun

Rather than bore you with yet another history of Samhain, or the various traditions associated with it, let me tell you what we did do for the holiday. It's been a three-day extravaganza for us.

The festivities started with Scary Story Night. This is an annual event, hosted during October, and is a purely social event at which the guests share scary stories (go figure). The little guy above was a gift I received from one of my friends that evening. My wife and I started SSN some years back because it is an ultimately cool thing to do during the Halloween season.

The next day, we arose to breakfast to Beatles music and a philosophical discussion of religious paths. Afterwards, my wife and I dropped by Argosy-Indiana on the way home from Ohio. That's a casino boat, for any unenlightened readers out there. The gods were smiling on us, since we actually came out $1.40 richer than we were going in. Anyone who has seen me play slots know that's good.

Monday, I took my little squidling around the office, to the amusement of my coworkers. He stayed behind when I left, perched on my hanging files in hopes of scaring the cleaning crew. Halloween night was spent at home. One of our friends dropped by, and was kind enough to dole out the candy while my wife and I ate dinner. Afterwards, we watched the Medium marathon on NBC.

I'm sure people out there have decided that I have absolutely no couth by this point, enjoying network programming instead of participating in some sort of moonlight ritual. Well, a) I wasn't specifically asked to attend someone's circle, and b) I don't follow a Celtic or Druidic path, so it's not actually 'required' of me to observe this holiday at all. I honor it because I love it. Other people sing "It's the most wonderful time of the year" in December. I sing it when the falling leaves begin to blow around my feet in October. It's just a marvelous time, and has little to do with the sugar buzz.

Besides, we found the weekend spiritually uplifting. Isn't that what truly matters, once the holiday is over?

Sarah G


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