With this being the last day of September, and a full moon shining over the lands, we felt it was appropriate to launch into the beginning of the Holiday Season. That, to the Griffeys, encompasses everything from Halloween season until the end of New Year's day, or now that we're Catholic, the 12th day of Christmas. Some argue that it really lasts until Easter. But certainly, this is the time when our family comes alive, and begins to get some of that excitement that comes with all of the holidays and festivities that will be thrown our way over the next months.
At first we didn't dive in until well into October. But with the conflicting and competing schedules due to our boys being involved in multiple activities, we started moving the date to the first of the month. Likewise, we actually start with 'autumnal activities' as early as September Still, we reserve particular traditions that my wife and I began when we were first married, and carried on as we added to the numbers of our family.
The order may vary, the things we choose to do or not based on a variety of things such as weather and money, but there are certain things we always, and I mean always, do. First off is the kick-off special, typically reserved for the first of October, but again this year ending the month of September. That is a special showing of an old Walt Disney VCR special called Halloween Haunts. It featured three old shorts from the long ago days of Disney cartoons in theaters, preceded by a rousing video rendition of Grim Grinning Ghosts. The first episode is Pluto's Judgement Day, a rather morbid reminder of the power that traditional religious ideals held on the population, as Mickey's dog Pluto dreams of being cast into Hell itself, due to his sadistic desire to torture kittens After a mock trial by a host of felines Pluto is condemned to the flames, until a real ember from the fireplace wakes him and makes him see the light of cat-love.
So that was it. Some homemade pizza (cheaper than store bought) and some decorating of the home, along with a little garden harvesting, and we had the definite feel of holidays a'coming. As my oldest said, when we hear the theme to Trick or Treat, you just know the months and months of holidays that we have waited for have finally begun.
And with that, let the holidays begin!