Eyeball twitch

So I will start out by saying that I do not advocate pushing your religion on others, no matter what religion you are. I want everyone to know that I did tread this path with extreme trepidation and care so as not to interfere with a families faith.

So I was babysitting today when the two oldest girls came home from school with their homework. I like talking to these two, their nice girls, smart, and easy going. The younger of the two (about 10) has to do a report on Halloween (3 pages) and where it comes from, so she check out a book from the library about Halloween and brought it home for reference.

She and I started talking about Halloween (modern incarnation) a just gabbing about why it was our favorite holiday ever when I asked her if she knew where Halloween originated. She brightened up and said “Yeah it was a Celtic festival to their god Samhain. He was a, like, death god.”

*eyeball twitch*

Me: Well…not exactly. I mean it is Celtic in origin, but Samhain isn’t a god, it’s old Gaelic for summers end.

Her: Are you sure? I mean I got it from a school book and everything.

Me: Can I see the book please?

Her: okay sure. *brings me book*

Me: *flip immediately to the publishing date* Okay this book was written in the early 80s hun. The information is seriously out of date. And, don’t take this the wrong way, but when people write books like this for kids your age, they have a tendency to over simplify.

Her: So…it’s wrong.

Me: Not wrong per say. They got the Feast of Pamona right in a general sense. But their information about Samhain, which is pronounced Sow-in, is out of date. Would you like me to help you out with this?

Her: I don’t know. I mean like I want help but we have to have a book reference. And this is the only one they had that wasn’t like a fiction book.

Me: Let me see what I can do.

So basically, I need to help this girl (who’s library resources are LIMITED) get a hold of a book about the origins of Halloween that isn’t overtly pagan/wiccan directed. I have some of my own books, but they are all firmly pagan drenched and I don’t want to present anything to her that might get her or me in trouble with the parents. Any good ideas out there? Remember, Halloween origins, 8-10 age group, non-fiction, can not be pagan.

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2 Responses to “Eyeball twitch”

  1. I bet it’s the same book in my school’s library. A shame, really… I suggest looking for “The Ancient Celtic Festivals and How we Celebrate Them Today” by Clare Walker Leslie and Frank E. Gerace. It’s a kids history book, but she may need your guidance with comprehension.

  2. I wish I had an immediate suggestion. It’s hard to help kids with things like that without sounding preachy! Wishing you the best of luck.

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