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Hi everyone, and an early Happy Halloween to you!
Some of our holiday traditions stem from medieval times.
For instance, in Ian – Book 3 of my Scottish MadMan MacKeefe Series, I show how they celebrated All Hallow’s Eve. Back then, on All Hallow’s Eve, children and beggars would go door to door begging for soul cakes. Soul cakes were small, round, palm-sized cakes made with spices and currants, and had a cross on the top. Supposedly for every soul cake eaten, a soul would be released from purgatory. (What we know as Trick or Treat.)
While the people begged for soul cakes, they carried hallowed-out gourds with carved faces or designs in them, and with lit candles inside. This would light their way and also scare away the evil spirits. (What we know as Jack-o-lanterns – they didn’t have pumpkins.) One last tradition was that the men would dress like women and the women like men, just for fun on that day. (What we know as Halloween costumes.)
You can read more about the customs of All Hallow’s Eve, or as the ancient pagans once called Samhain, by reading Ian – Book 3 of my MadMan MacKeefe Series.
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I love the costumes kids wear at Halloween.
Diane, me too. Thanks for stopping by! 🙂
hmmm Favorite Holiday would be Christmas and Halloween.. I love fall and there is nothing like pumpkin — EVERYTHING– Candles, cookies, pies, cakes, the smell is amazing.. Bonfires, beautiful colors, and hoodies how can that be beat
I agree, and I love the traditions of Halloween that started way back in the medieval times. Read Ian – Book 3 of my Madman MacKeefe Series to find out more about this. 🙂
My favorite holidays are Halloween and Christmas I love all the decorations and all of the holiday smells from pumpkins to mistletoe
April, thanks for leaving a comment. Check out my short story, My Christmas Soldier, as I talk about all the holiday scents and visuals as well.
Thanks Elizabeth! I learned something new about Halloween. I hadn’t heard of soul cakes before. Thank you for sharing with us and also for participating in my hop. 🙂
Melissa, I love finding out things like this and putting them in my books. Thanks for inviting me to be a part of the hop. 🙂
I tend to get more excited about Christmas, was always so busy at Halloween never got to enjoy it. For me seeing all the Christmas lights and decorations.
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Jean, I love Christmas and the lights as well. Another of my books that takes place at Christmastime is my free prequel for the Tarnished Saints Series called Tarnished Saints Christmas.
Definitely Halloween 🙂
Krysta, thank for stopping by. If you like Halloween, check out my vampire novel, The Caretaker of Showman’s Hill. It is on sale this week only for only 99 cents! ☾
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I like Christmas too. One of my books that takes place at Christmastime is Amethyst – Book 4 of my Daughters of the Dagger Series.
My favorite holiday is Christmas. The decorations, the music, the food, and spending time with family and friends makes the holiday very special.
Your comments remind me of my short story, My Christmas Soldier. Thanks for entering.
My favorite holiday is Christmas. I have so many wonderful memories of my childhood Christmases. I was raised by my mom and grandma and they are both gone now so the memories are even more special. I have two sisters and we always get together for tree decorating.
Debbie, thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. 🙂
As a kid I always preferred Christmas, mostly because of how I was raised. But the older I get, the more I’m finding I’m enjoying Halloween.
I agree, Sheryl, thanks for stopping by.
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Christmas is my real favourite though, I love the decorations, the sense of peace and friendship (even if only tmeporary) and the carols.
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