We don’t celebrate halloween, not having grown up with it as family tradition here in Australia. I do however notice that more and more families in our community are now choosing to recognise the holiday. In years gone by I have said ‘Sorry, no treats here’ to the few children who knock on our door trick-or-treating but this year I read these words just days before halloween;
“The front porch is a welcoming space, a space of meeting, greeting, leaving, and transitions. Front porches draw the inhabitants of the house outside, bring neighbors into conversation with one another, ease social isolation, and provide a public space of respite, shelter and shade.”~ Making a Family Home, Shannon Honeybloom
I have been thinking a lot about home, family, friends and community. I have much to be thankful for when it comes to our home, our little family and supportive friendships, especially during our recent heartache; friendships both new and old, support from often unexpected places and in many different forms, this sense of community has made all the difference on days where the raw emotions are that little bit closer to the surface, even now after many weeks have passed.
With so much to be thankful for and the words of Shannon Honeybloom in my mind, this year we have a little bowl of goodies for those trick-or-treaters who knock at our door. After all, I believe families who make the time and effort to spend this time with their children should be celebrated. Maybe this is one way that I can give just a little back to my community. And who wouldn’t want their front porch to be a place filled with the excited, happy conversation of children anyway?
Do you celebrate Halloween? For my overseas readers, I would love to hear about your holiday celebrations. For my Australian readers, did you recognise the holiday this year?
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