The idea of 7 Quick Takes Friday comes from blogger Jennifer Fulwiler, who hosts it weekly at her site, Conversion Diary.
It's Hallowe'en weekend. Many neighborhoods in my area have scheduled trick-or-treating for tomorrow (Oct. 30), rather than the actual day Hallowe'en falls on.
So tomorrow, as a treat to my readers, I'll be posting a little something special. It might not be a life-changer, but it'll be fun — and you won't even have to dress up!
Hopefully, you won't feel like this guy:
When I was looking for that video, I discovered this little tidbit on Wikipedia:
Charlie Brown's repeated line of "I got a rock" caused some stir among many viewers of the show, according to Charles Schulz in the book and retrospective TV special "Happy Birthday, Charlie Brown". Schulz said that after the program first aired, bags and boxes of candy came in from all over the world "just for Charlie Brown."Awwwww.
Yes, I spell it Hallowe'en.
|Tonsure. Yep, that's what they call it.|
Now you know what to ask for.
Of course, Oct. 31 is also Reformation Day.
Oh, geeky church history humor. Gotta love it.
But it seems I'm not the only one who finds humor in the idea of Martin Luther trick-or-treating.
Matt Zainea has written a funny and thought-provoking article on the Hallowe'en/Reformation Day connection. Cleverly titled 95 Theses or Reese's Pieces (or When Narratives Collide), it begins with a mashup of the two holidays, and goes on to explain how Hallowe'en evolved over the years and how their family celebrates. Here's an excerpt:
The senior Father quickly scanned the list and got a troubled look on his face. He sensed that the 95 theses would cause much trouble. "What is this? Some sort of trick?", he demanded. Martin retorted, "I think it's a treat for the church." The superior countered, "I think it is a trick." Martin entrenched, "No. It's a treat."Priceless. Wish I'd written it. Click the link above and keep reading for the thought-provoking part.
"Trick!" said the superior.
"Treat!" said Martin.
"Well, trick or treat I am posting them," Martin insisted.
"Get off this stoop," insisted the superior.
"No!" said Martin. "Here I stand. I can do no other."
"Here. I'll give you this candy to take down your stupid theses and go away," offered the superior.
Edited to add: reader and friend R. left a thoughtful comment pointing to a blog post contesting the Hallowe'en/Samhain connection; Relevant Magazine just posted a light article summarizing the position that connects the two. Regardless of what individuals or families choose to do with this holiday, I hope we'll let grace rule how we speak to others' choices.
Ready for a little break from the Hallowe'en theme? Here's a beautiful video from Cake Wrecks:
But we can't end this post without candy! Here's comedian Tim Hawkins:
Happy Friday, and don't forget to come back tomorrow — anyone dressed up as Martin Luther (including the tonsure) gets extra Snickers!