The Ladies Page

| November/December 1963

Country Echoes


R.D.2, Brandon, Wisconsin

Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Here they come again. Each has its distinct meaning, especially for the children. Another name for Halloween is Allhallows Eve. It is the eve of the festival of All Saints.

In England and America this festival was long consecrated to harmless fireside revelries. I wonder when the fireside revelries turned to outside tricks. I can well remember when our neighbors long underwear was billowing from a telephone wire the morning after Halloween.

Not to be outdone by anyone were our neighborhood boys some forty years ago. They entirely dismantled our cream hauler's wagon, including the big cream cans of that day, and put it all together again on top of the schoolhouse woodshed. Needless to say the Cream Hauler was good at tricks also. Halloween was sometimes a time for settling accounts. How the day has changed from its original meaning.

Thanksgiving is no exception here either. The day originated in 1621 after the first harvest of the New England Colonists. Governor Bradford there made provisions for a day of Thanksgiving and prayer.