Thursday, October 30, 2008
I just wrote a long blog and when I hit saved it was gone.
I found this on my friend Debbie's blog and thought it interesting. Did you know where the tradition of Jack-o-Laterns came from.I didn't.
Carving Jack-O-Lanterns is a Halloween custom that dates back to ancient Ireland. The first Jack-O-Lanterns, though were actually made of turnips, beets or even potatoes, not pumpkins. Pumpkins began to be used later, when Irishmen immigrated to the United States.
There are several version of an Irish legend that tells of a man named Stingy Jack, who convinced the Devil to pay for one last drink before he took his soul. The Devil turned himself into a sixpence and when it came time to pay, instead of paying for the drink Jack pocketed the sixpence and kept it stored beside a silver cross. This prevented the Devil from changing back. Jack made a deal with the Devil before letting him free. The Devil could not harass him for ten years. When the Devil returned, Jack again tricked the Devil and surrounded him with crosses.
When Jack died he was refused entry at the Gates of Heaven. He went to the Gates of Hell and the Devil told him to go away, as Jack had made him promise not to claim his soul. Because it was dark, Jack didn't want to leave and he couldn't find his way. The Devil tossed Jack a glowing coal and Jack put it inside a turnip. Ever since with this "Jack O' Lantern", Stingy Jack's lonely soul has been roaming the earth. Other versions tell of Jack's death while stealing turnips and when he was refused entrance into both heaven and hell, he used a candle to light the turnip he still had with him. Other versions exist as well, I am sure.
The tradition of leaving the pumpkins out is to keep evil spirits away.
Amazing how many traditions we have but don't know where they came from. I am sure I am not only one that didn't know this one.
I saw a recipe for candy corn popcorn and it sounds easy and good too. I haven't had any candy in weeks and weeks. I keep telling myself it wouldn't taste good. But I know I am lying to myself. The only sweets I have had is fruit.I did cut the recipe out tho. I may never make it but I just had to save it.
Hubby is better and back to work.He hasn't come back home yet so he must be ok.I will call and check on him shortly.