Monday, October 30, 2006

Pumpkin Day

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Tomorrow's the big day. The day my kids are really looking forward to. Pumpkin Day.

Oh. That's not what you call it? I know, I know. But we aren't really doing the same thing as a good portion of the world. Pumpkin Day is, in our family, a celebration of God's Creation...of the world he provided, including pumpkins!

There are no costumes for us. No trick-or-treating. No ghost stories. We just aren't into that. Instead, we go out to dinner as a family. Well, that's just the start...but let me just say that if you ever want to have absolutely no wait, go out for dinner on Oct. 31. Last year, we went to Bob Evan's, and there were only two other tables with people. I don't understand it. I guess people are busy doing other things. Can't imagine what.

So, we have a nice, leisurely family dinner. Then we head home for the carving of the pumpkins.

There is a book we read called The Pumpkin Patch Parable. It compares how the carving of a pumpkin symbolizes the salvation offered through Jesus Christ. We read this book together, and then carve our pumpkins, always in a way that is happy. No mean or evil looking things. We are celebrating, here!

Finally, we have our treasure hunt. We have clues. The kids have to solve the clues and find the next clue until finally, at the end of the hunt, we have a bag of goodies.

It is a wonderful family time, and my wife and I look forward to it every year...as do the kids!

And this year, we're planning on spreading the fun across two days. It really is too much to do in one day. Last year, we had to rush through the treasure hunt because it was so late. So, this year, we're having the treasure hunt on a second day. I guess we'll have to change the name to "Pumpkin Days".

4 comments:

Scott K. Johnson said...

Hey Ryan,

I think that sounds like a wonderful way to celebrate this time of year.

Anonymous said...

Sounds nice, but what do you do when the little trick-or-treaters come to the door with their wee hands out? Ignore them? Keep the lights off and pretend you're not home? Leave a sign on the front door saying you're all out of treats and to please move along? Make sure you stretch your dinner out well past bedtime for little ones -- making sure not to arrive home until after 9? ;)

Happy Pre-Pumpkin Day, Ryan.

Patti (the curious one)

RyanBruner said...

Patti:

It's never been an issue. At least here, if you have your porch light off, it means you aren't doing Halloween. Kids aren't supposed to come to houses without porch lights on. It's been like that since I was a kid, actually. Not sure if it's true everywhere or not.

Kassie said...

neat idea. I don't think it's odd to skip Halloween... but I do seriously question your choice of restaurants! ;)