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One of my favorite times of year is Howl-O’ween because there are so many yummy treats we make all year round with this yummy large rounded orange-yellow fruit. BUT I was horrified to find out the REAL story. Hold on to your hat while I spin out the REAL story in case you have not heard it told.
It seems according to Celtic folklore, a long, long, long time ago before you or I were ever born there was this poor farmer named Jack! Well, one night in the harsh winds of fall, Mr Jack got drunk on adult apple cider and tricked the devil himself! His trick-or-ry got the poor man Jack turned away from both heaven and hell when he suddenly died one October night. He was cast away into the darkness of a place called purgatory. Jack carved himself a lantern from a turnip an angel had gifted him and a discarded piece of burning coal the devil had tossed him from hell.
As the story goes, Mr. Jack used this lantern to guide his lost soul and the Celtic people all believed that they needed to place Jack-o-Lanterns outside their homes and roadsides to help guide other lost spirits home as they wandered the streets on All Hallows’ Eve, October 31st… the same day that poor drunken Jack was laid to unrest.
Historically pumpkins had to be substituted after 1846 due to the Irish potato famine when the Celtic people had to flee to North America and turnips were hard to find.
So the next time you see a smiling or scary pumpkin glowing at you… remember Jack and his turnip…do a little soul searching and be thankful you can find your way home!
Oh my, I never knew this was the origin of pumpkins. Like the Grimms Brothers fairy tales, we have turned something gruesome into something fun. Have a happy and fun Halloween!
P.S. You do some of the best photoshopping I have ever seen. Beautiful pictures.
Thank you 🙂 Amy. We have more on instagram if you want to see @sadiemiki
We enjoyed your Lexi retrospect, it made us smile Lexi was a special part of the world!
Thank you, she sure was and I know her work here lives on. I don’t even know how to do instagram, LOL! I will just keep reading your posts. 🙂 Just wondering, do you do something artistic for a living?
Thanks Amy, and yes as sadie’s care taker I do have an artistic background. For years I lived in NYC working at the big ad agencies as an art director… so if you watched children’s TV ands saw any Cheerios TV commercials or maybe a Nabisco cookie commercial you probably saw my work. Once I moved to LA I started to do more print ads and movie posters. Now I am doing a lot of non-profit advertising.🙂 And of course the blog for Miss Sadie who doesn’t pay much in money but gives lots of wags and kisses.