Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Christian Origins of Halloween

Turn Halloween into Something Positive in Your Family and Neighborhood
Many Christians are under the mistaken belief that Halloween, or more specifically All Saint’s Day, was established for the purpose of Christianizing a pagan holiday calledSamhain.
But Halloween actually started as a Christian festival, not the other way around.
Many Christians dread the coming of Halloween, trying to shield their children from every part of it, and wishing it would go away. And that’s a shame, because Halloween is distinctly Christian in origin, and there are many ways that Christians can re-claim Halloween as a Christian celebration.
I have advocated through the years that we recapture Halloween as a part of the Christian calendar, a sort of Christian Memorial Day, and honor Christians who have been a part of our heritage.
—Rich Buhler, broadcaster, speaker, author and founder of
How To Recapture Halloween as a Christian Holiday  

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  1. Know the original purpose of “All Hallow’s Eve”: Early Christians wanted to honor those who gave their lives for the Gospel
  2. Discover that Samhain was never associated with a “festival of the dead” until 1890.
  3. Use the 3 ways for using Halloween to give positive message to our family and neighborhood.
What’s the first step?
    • Know your history. You could read a long book on church history, that hopefully has a section on pagan religions.
    • You can have a quick explanation of the key facts by reading a short 14-page pamphlet.
“I love this pamphlet! I am especially glad it gives the true history, rather than suggesting Halloween was merely a Christian attempt to redeem pagan holidays.” —Rich Buhler, broadcaster, speaker, author and founder of
In 30 Minutes, the Christian Origins of Halloween Will Help You
  1. Know the origins of Halloween.
  2. Understand what Christians wanted to celebrate.
  3. Find out how Halloween got confused with a “day of the dead”
  4. How to handle the symbols of Halloween and use them to teach positive things.
  5. Find new ideas for celebrating October 31 that honor the Lord.
About the Author
Angie Mosteller is the director of Celebrating Holidays, a non-profit educational organization dedicated to teaching the Christian history of holidays.
“Holidays afford a unique opportunity to understand significant aspects of the Christian faith, … My goal is to help Christians who are seeking to better understand the history of Americans holidays and to offer useful resources for those who want to make their celebration more meaningful and creative.” —Author Angie Mosteller
What other people are saying…
"It is a delight to see how Angie Mosteller interprets and thoroughly
explains, the celebration of many holidays, through research and a heart
ransomed by Christ! Her firm understanding of Jesus' love and sacrifice,
beautifully enhances the Truth of God's heart of celebration, among His
people. Angie is a talented, Spirit-filled woman, wife, mother and friend
who chooses to bless all in her path!"
—Paula Webb, Women's Ministry Director, Daybreak Church, Carlsbad, CA
"The first time I read one of Angie's books on American holidays I was
amazed at how thorough and readable it was. I'm not an academic, she is,
but she crafts each book into an exciting historical story covering our
Nations's traditions, symbols, and songs from a Christian worldview. It's
fun to read and so easy to incorporate into teachable moments with my
children during the holidays. I'm always sharing her books and website with
friends during the holidays."
—Wendy Brunner, Mom Blogger at "Love Covers a Multitude of Sons"
Who Should Buy The Christian Origins of Halloween?
"Angie Mosteller is an insightful author whose research and writing adds depth to our most cherished holiday traditions."
—Jason Graves, Senior Pastor, Daybreak Church, Carlsbad, CA
• Perfect for moms of young children
• Great for adult classes to help people answer their own questions.
• Counselors use this to give to people who have anxiety prior to October 31.
• Women’s groups can use this as an opportunity to brainstorm new ways to approach with holidays with their children.
• Individuals use this to dispel some of the myths about Halloween.

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