So it smells a lot like Halloween! Candy, costumes, and decorations ahoy! My mother is a holiday junky. She just loves to decorate. And as you can see, if there is a clear space to put any decorations on, she will put it there. This time of year is my personal and religious new year. The reason that this is my personal new year is because my birthday is on the 25th, and then a week later there is usually Halloween or Samhain, which is my religious new year.
I tend to reflect on my life and make resolutions around this time of year as well, but I usually don’t end up keeping them. However, this past year I did. My resolution had been to finally settle down and really work towards my chosen career as a Graphic Designer. And I have been consistently doing that since last year. Admittedly, I have come a long way, but I still have a very long ways to go until I can truly compete against other designers in my field.
On the religious side of my new year is Samhain, the day we honor the dead. And I have lost a few people this year. My grandmother for one, my stepbrother for another. I’m not really showy and ceremonial with my rituals. I tend to keep my rituals very simple and concise. I light a candle and say a prayer for the dead. I might also give food offerings as well. I have been thinking a lot about my Grandmother. It really feels sometimes that like the world is a bit sadder without her presence in it.
Wow, this has gotten melancholy as fuck, so I go back to talking about my favorite parts of this seasons. The cooler weather (the cold front can’t come fast enough in my opinion), the costumes (I will be ironically a witch again this year), the candy, and the baking!
It’s so damn hot down here, that I can only really bake during the fall and winter months. It’s too hot otherwise, so this is a prime baking season. And speaking of baking, this season I created my favorite cranberry sauce, oatmeal muffins and they were a hit. This time of year, I make famous pumpkin bread which is delicious and full of win. I think I might go ahead and post the recipes here as well.
I think I might go ahead and post the recipes here as well.
As for the kids, their costumes are going to be a puddle (the baby), Shimmer from the show ‘Shimmer and Shine’ (The toddler), A Witch (the 8 year old), A power ranger ( the 6 year old), and a Vampire (the 11 year old). I’m not going trick or treating with them, but my parents and their biological mom (my sister) and her boyfriend will. I will thankfully be at home giving out candy and baking all the baked goods.
So that’s what I’m doing for Halloween this year, what are you guys going to do Celebrate the Holiday?