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“Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness

instead of light because their deeds were evil.”

(John 3:19NIV)

October 2018 – This is still a work in progress, but as Halloween approaches I have just found myself more and more thinking about how “dark” this time of year is and just wishing that there were a way in which we could create a new holiday to celebrate instead of Halloween.

I know a lot of Christians celebrate with harvest festivals, but in a lot of ways I feel like that's what Thanksgiving is celebrating, so it seems odd to celebrate it twice.

I’ve also been to Bible themed costume parties, which were pretty cool, but even that just felt like an attempt to “Christianize” a Halloween party by taking the “scaries” out of it.

John 3:19 is the verse that comes to mind when I think about this time of year. “Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light . . .” Halloween is such a dark holiday, but we are called to walk in light (1 John 1:7) and to be the light of the world (Matthew 5:14-16).

Growing up as a child I always felt like this one day each year, October 31, was a day in which Christians would “hide away” in their little corners and allow the world to embrace the darkness. And how deep that darkness always felt as a child!

Now, as I think of my own children and think about the way we are going to approach this holiday as a family, I feel the need to rise above merely “tolerating” this dark season and actually discover a way to redeem it! To not merely “tone down” or “Christianize” the Halloween traditions, but create a whole new holiday and completely new traditions. A holiday that focuses on LIGHT instead of darkness.

I’m still figuring out exactly what this is going to look like in our family, but I thought I would just start by brainstorming a bunch of ideas and then go from there. So, here is my list of ideas for a holiday that celebrates the light of Christ in the presence of much darkness in the world around us.