The Holidays Christians keep are not bad. All things have a beginning. God asks us to “keep” His Word, His feasts, so we do that then can we celebrate our Holidays. God is first in all things.
Halloween, Christmas, Easter, etc. all of them have great ideas, great premises. It might do well to clean them up and allow the children to dress-up and celebrate our Holidays. This of allowing children to dress like demons, vampires etc. is not good. We need to remember that which we emmulate, is that which we become.
Remember in school they would have us dress like Greeks or whatever the lesson was? It is like putting yourself in another’s shoes. So when you dress your child for Halloween, dress them in what they or you want them to be like.
Celebrating a mom or dad, or a president, maybe the Founding Fathers or any one they see as a hero isn’t bad. Heaven knows we need more heroes these days. And by dressing them up as one they admire, your child can learn what made them so great. Benefits of defending their choices, teaching them how to research, allowing them to seek the good. This is another case of it’s not what you do, but why/how you do it.
Before you claim that we shouldn’t do anything that God hasn’t commanded, remember, God didn’t command the ‘Festival of Lights,’ that Jesus attended. He also didn’t command men to remember their anniversaries. How well do you think that would go over? Do you refuse your child their birthday party because those in the Scriptures didn’t turn out so well (except one of course)?
We overcome evil with good. We don’t ignore it, nor pretend it doesn’t exist. We clean it up by overcoming it, so we teach the children to dress/act as their hero. As far as some believing that Halloween is the night that the dead have interaction with the living, think about it, can that be so bad? Instead of evil corrupting the child, can it not be that a child might be able to do something that reminds them of one they lost? To keep a memory alive. How many of us would like to say one more thing, to see them one more time or to hold our deceased loved one? Would you like to connect to your love one even though they are no longer with us.
We don’t overcome a bad habit by pretending it doesn’t exist but by gaining control over it.
Everything can be traced back to whenever as if it matters. Nothing new under the sun. How one thought about it, or how they did it doesn’t matter, it is what you do and how you think of it and how you teach it.
Jesus nor the Bible doesn’t say we can’t celebrate any holiday or birthday, it simply tells us to put God first. So if you have done His holidays, or feast days as He calls them, then do yours. Don’t let the party poopers bring down anything. Lift everything up, bring in the good and enjoy life. Go ahead bring a smile on that face covered in chocolate, just remind them to brush before bed. Those “IN” our Lord Jesus Christ should have no fear. God has a reason for all creation, even the mosquitoes. Open your door, your heart, your life to those who need to see an act of kindnes, a connection to your neighbours and the life of a true Christian.