Halloween

This year I have seen a lot of posts about Halloween and how Christians should respond to it. I’d love to throw in my two cents.

It’s generally accepted that Halloween originated with the Celts  and their New Year Festival called Samhein. In this featival they would dress up to ward off ghouls and ghosts. There were great bonfires and animal sacrifices to keep evil spirits away, not to invite them in.

While they were misled and pagan, still it was not a truly Satanic festival.

This type of festival was present in many cultures as a harvest festival, a time of rejoicing

The Catholic Church then Christianized it to the become All Hallows’ Eve, All Hallows’ Day, and All Saints Day, the same way Christmas was Christianized from a pagan holiday. You can look up the history Halloween on a Catholic site and get a pretty detailed report.

Yes, it’s true, there are plenty of people who turn Halloween into a celebration of Satan and demons and darkness. Just like there are plenty of people who glorify Santa on Christmas and people who have pre-marital sex on Valentine’s Day.

There are plenty of people who are oblivious to any meaning of Halloween and just use it as an excuse to get candy on sale from the store.

By letting kids, or adults, celebrate Halloween, they are not thrusting their soul into Lucifers face saying “Here! I dressed up and asked a stranger for candy! My soul is now your slave!”

Thats ridiculous

Halloween in the States has become much more of a time when everyone gets to pretend they are someone or something they are not. We get to socialize, have fun with our friends, get creative, and develop seven cavities in one night.

I think what gets me most is the churches response to Halloween activities. They encourage churches to host “Hallelujah Festivals” or “Light Festivals” to counter the evils of Halloween. So instead of your kids dressing up and going door to door for candy (which is strictly Satanic and inherently evil) they instead get to dress up and play games to win candy, which is praising the Lord

They are still all doing it for the same reason. Kids just want candy.

Don’t get me wrong, church festivals can be fun and a good way for kids to stay warm and socialize with their church buddies. My problem is the demonization of going trick-or-treating even though it’s the same exact thing.

When you get down to it, Celebrating Halloween as a Christian is the same as any other day you celebrate. Don’t worship Satan.

 

Confessions of a Ninja Ballerina: Delicious Diet

My title is funny because I put two words together that don’t normally go together.

“Delicious Diet”

*Americans snickering in the background*

For real though. Golden Boy and I are trying dieting. He’s trying to bulk up in the right ways, I’m trying to make sure I stay slim over break, we thought we’d do this thing together.

He found some no-fun super strict diet.

No coffee. (All 12 of my readers just fainted)

No sugar outside of fruit. (Duh)

No bread or potato. (Even though potatoes are a perfectly wonderful way to get your daily dose of potassium. Along with your daily dose of butter, oil, and salt. Because how else do you eat potatoes??)

So basically where we’re at right now is eggs and fruit for breakfast, olives and cheese for lunch, and chicken (or fish but fish is flippin expensive. Ha. I made a pun.) and rice for dinner.

Personally, I’m still stuck on no coffee.

I’m so tired.

Anyways, last night I made this yummy chicken wrap and I thought I’d share the recipe with you guys. It’s all under 300 calories too!

For 1 chicken breast:

Chop up your chicken and get that started in a skillet. Add to the skillet:

1 Tablespoon lemon juice

1 1/2 teaspoon thyme

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon onion powder

While that’s cooking, grab a whole wheat tortilla and spread on 1 triangle of Laughing Cow garlic and herb cheese. Pile on your chicken, add some lettuce and olives and enjoy!

Super tasty. I’m also trying marinading the chicken in all the spices and the lemon juice and I’ll cook that up tonight. I’ll let all you know if it’s any better that way.

I shall keep you updated on any more delicious diet recipes!

Confessions of a Ninja Ballerina: Strength

I’m a ballerina. My legs are super strong, so are my feet.
But, my arms? Nooooot so much.
I’m woman enough to admit that when I first started taekwan-do I could barely do ten push-ups, and that’s only going half way down.
Needless to say, I wasn’t the most impressive person there.
Over about four years of TKD, I didn’t improve much, mostly because I avoided push-ups like plague.
But there was hope.
One of my coworkers, Aaron, started making the kids in the class we teach together do push-ups. Of course, I was expected to set a good example and do the push-ups too.
So, every week, twice a week, I would grudgingly sink to my knees, straighten my legs until I was on my feet, and stretch out into a less-than-fantastic push-up position. We would then proceed to do 10, disgusting, horrific push-ups.
I still didn’t improve much. Maybe I got through the ten grueling push-ups a little easier, but I still couldn’t go down too far.
Then I realized that I didn’t actually want to improve that much. I hated push-ups, so why be good at them?
Lately I’ve been pushing myself a little bit more. Going down just a touch farther and forcing myself all the way back up, no matte how hard. I won’t pretend it’s purely self motivation that propels me through my least favorite exercise at TKD. The teasing from the guys helps a lot. Besides Aaron, we have an army dad taking classes. He likes giving me a hard time about my push-ups, all in fun, but still. Drives me to show them that I can do push-ups too.
I have most definitely been improving though. I can get almost all the way down for the first five.
I suppose the only point to this blog post is that striving to do better at something is half the battle. If you don’t want to improve, you won’t.
So go do your push-ups like a man.