Comment: Embracing Halloween and Christmas on the home front
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The season of all things spooky is now over, and it’s been interesting to see how increasingly willing we are to embrace it in – and, for that matter, on – our homes.
The sight of plastic spiders dangling from doorways or strings of skulls concertinering across windows has had my kids hyperventilating: Halloween may even have the edge on Christmas in the excitement stakes. I mean, you go to people’s houses in fancy dress and they give you sweets! What’s not to like?
Our house’s participation begins and ends with some creatively-carved pumpkins and a bowl of sweets, but some of our neighbours have gone all out with fabulously spooky displays.
We go trick or treating with some of them, and consider it a great way of boosting community spirit while loading up on E-numbers.
Some people hate it, grumbling that it’s an American tradition and what was wrong with carving a turnip and leaving it at that anyway… but I think it’s great (and that turnip carving is not something to romanticise).
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The fact that Halloween has happened also means we’re officially allowed to talk about Christmas and all that this involves without feeling like overly-organised weirdoes.
After addressing the big guns – where you’ll be spending it and, if you’re in a couple, whether that’s entirely just and fair, you’ll be moving on to the less stressy topic of where-oh-where you put that bag of decorations and how you’re going to rearrange the furniture to fit the needlessly large tree into the too-small room (or maybe that’s just me…).
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One step at a time, though: right now I’m off to stick the decaying pumpkins in the garden waste.