something to honk about
Halloween is the most altruistic holiday on the calendar. Think about it. People buy loads of sugary treats and sometimes even little gifts like mini bubble bottles and stickers. And then they give them away freely to complete strangers. Absolutely any child that comes knocking on their door. People they have never seen before in their lives and may never see again. All for the fun of it.
For the record, I’m aware that most of the candy being handed out is laden with refined GMO corn syrup and is absolute crap that should not be fed to children or anyone. I would like that to change. I do my part by handing out stickers and pencils and organic treats.
With that in mind, I’m choosing to focus on what is good and right about this strange celebration of dress up and role play and the cycle of life and death.
I used to believe that Thanksgiving was the most well intentioned holiday. Thanksgiving is a day for celebrating harvest, bounty, food, and gratefulness. But it also reminds us (me, anyway) of a dark past that includes genocide against native people. And as far as holidays go, Christmas has really descended from what must have originally been a spiritually honorific day to one of absolute hedonism.
So, my fresh new perspective on the inherent altruism of Halloween has allowed this day extolling the dead, and death, and all things creepy, to usurp Thanksgiving and Christmas in my mind as the most giving-est holiday of them all. Let’s hear it for Halloween!
Do you love Halloween, too? What do you like to hand out to mini people in disguise who come knocking at your door?
If you are from another culture, what is the most altruistic (generous, giving) holiday on your calendar?