Thursday, 29 October 2015

What was the origin of Halloween? Are you a fan?

I absolutely love Halloween but was not aware of its origins so decided to search.  Most websites have a lot of waffle but basically it appears to be the eve of a major Catholic festival, All Saints (1st November) and the eve of the pagan Celtic festival known as Samhain.

The three days between 31st October and 2nd November see pagan and Christian celebrations intertwined and is about superstition , religious belief and nowadays all the fun associated with dressing up, trick or treating and ghosts!!!! Oooooooh!!!!

Bonfires also became associated with Halloween in the past as a way to frighten the spirits away and a way to get through the long dark winters.  In England bonfires are now largely on 5th November Bonfire Night and most towns have firework displays to celebrate the anniversary of the Gunpowder Plot of 1605.

So Halloween is actually a long established festival & not just an American gimmick as some people believe.

I'm looking forward to the Halloween Strictly Come Dancing which is always fab. My daughter is going to a Halloween party & my son is super keen to go trick or treating. We still don't know many people in our new street so might just knock at a couple of doors so he can participate before returning home to hand our sweets to any trick or treaters that come our way. Last year I handed out 40 packets of sweets before running out!!!

Tomorrow rain permitting we are going on a pumpkin hunt which should be fun & a good way to get some fresh air over the half term holidays.

It seems to be getting more popular with every passing year with many parks, farms, shopping centres etc getting in on the action.

Whether you love it or hate it have fun this weekend.

Happy Halloween. Sleep tight & don't let the vampires bite.

Emma x


Friday, 2 October 2015

The School Run!!! Argh!

Any mum with children at primary school will know the horror that is the school run.

Leaving the house on time is a small achievement each day.

Remembering book bags, lunch boxes, coats, school letters, PE kits and homework is another small victory.

I only have to travel 1 mile in the car. Its a bit too far for the kids to walk & I drive to work directly afterwards.

This journey per Google maps takes 4 minutes.  On a good day in rush hour it takes 10 & on a bad day 20!!!

The other day it took 9 minutes to get out of my road.

Even the calmest person develops some level of road rage.

Parking is the next issue. I am notoriously bad at parallel parking & will avoid at all costs. (I know I'm an idiot - I would never pass my test again.) On the bad days we end up so far from the school I wonder if we should have just walked.

The reverse journey is usually quicker but stress levels increase due to the amount of people (mostly adults) who just wander in front of your car whilst you are MOVING!!!

Oh well its Friday & only 3 weeks until a weeks respite for half term before it all starts again with the added joy of winter & having to remember to add a further 5 minutes on to de-ice the car & horror or horrors the possibility of snow!!!

Emma xxx