Wednesday, October 31, 2007

scary

Happy Halloween!




This is what I'm feeling like after a week and a half of dust and grime and wallpaper paste and cranky menfolk. Still no time to blog.

We're keeping a low Halloween profile this evening, as usual. Last week a photo of some very fetching and ghostly outdoor decorations (not ours) appeared in the local section of our daily newspaper. The article that went along with it stated that some residents of this town (who, "for the sake of the neighbourhood", did not wish to see their names in print! I love it!) were getting their undies in a twist about this terrible, awful "heathen custom", feeling that it was a threat to German religious culture. Or something. Whatever. No candy for them, then.

Whatever you're doing tonight, have a good one.

12 Comments:

At October 31, 2007 10:22 PM, Blogger EllasDevil said...

Happy Halloween to you too!

Unfortunately we don't celebrate it here in Greece!

:-(

 
At October 31, 2007 11:05 PM, Blogger Thimbleanna said...

Um, ok. I'm thinking all sorts of comments about German religious culture. None of which I can write on your blog! LOL. Hope you had a good low-profile one then anyway!

 
At October 31, 2007 11:36 PM, Blogger Betsy said...

That's funny-- I was talking to a friend last week and mentioned Halloween and she immediately labeled it as a "scary holiday"-- sinister and inappropriate for children.

I was shocked-- I guess I hadn't realized just how offensive the German evangelical church thinks this holiday is!

We're in NJ visiting my brother and his family, so the kids will be dressing up and trick-or-treating. I'm looking forward to sampling all of my favorite childhood treats!

Happy Halloween to all of you! :-)

 
At November 01, 2007 12:02 AM, Blogger christina said...

ellasdevil - Germany doesn't celebrate either, but we try our best. :-)

thimbleanna - Nope, not that kind of a blog. :-) As is common in small town Germany, anything new or different is treated with a huge amount of suspicion. The woman quoted in the newspaper actually said the decorations reminded her of the Ku Klux Klan! A totally inappropriate and uneducated comment, I thought.

Betsy - I had the same fearful reaction from a German friend several years ago. I don't think the Germans really get that Halloween is mostly for kids. And I really have no idea what's up with the "church ladies" in this town. You wonder how strong their faith really is if they get rankled by a cardboard skeleton and a couple of ghosts in a tree. :-) Hope you guys have a great time!

 
At November 01, 2007 12:36 AM, Blogger Rositta said...

Happy Halloween Christina, don't let those Germans get to you, he he. I don't get it either all those religious nuts, let the kids have their fun...ciao

 
At November 01, 2007 1:55 PM, Blogger Expat Traveler said...

I'm curious to know where the idea of fireworks came from, do you know?

Lovely pumpkin!

 
At November 02, 2007 1:23 PM, Blogger Poppy Fields said...

France has a lukewarm relation with Halloween. I had band practive that night. One of the band members is an old guy that happens to be one of our neighbors. I asked him if he'd had any kids by earlier that night, and he got all indignant and said: "I told my wife to tell all the kids that we didn't have any candy".
Bah Humbug

 
At November 02, 2007 10:51 PM, Blogger hexe said...

Even here we have the religious freaks who consider Halloween to be a celebration of Satan. Due to their "religous concerns" my children are not to mention Halloween at school. Good luck with that 15 kids who went trick or treating and 2 who believe the rest of the class is going to hell.

 
At November 03, 2007 9:40 AM, Blogger Betty C. said...

I read that a lot of US communities are also trying to tone down Halloween for that reason...I didn't know Germany had such an underlying potential for religious reactionary behavior, though.

In France, people don't like it because they think it's American but they don't seem worked up about the "non-religious" aspect.

 
At November 03, 2007 10:27 AM, Blogger CanadianSwiss said...

We had quite a bit of action here, but only because it's an expat neighbourhood. Otherwise, it's not clebrated here either.

 
At November 03, 2007 6:52 PM, Blogger EuroTrippen said...

Hey, I say any holiday involving the exchange of copious amounts of candy can't be all bad...

 
At November 04, 2007 1:59 PM, Blogger Sparky said...

blogging pause did not last that long, eh :)?

 

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