None of us is born thinking we are ordinary. Feeling special is an essential part of the human
birthright. If you don’t think you are special, you won’t seek
to contribute your gift to the world. -Rabbi Shmuley Boteach
Good morning ... today is my day to post the CAS challenge for The Outlawz!
Since October always brings to mind All Hallows Eve aka Halloween ... (short history lesson!)
According to The History website (If interested you can get more information HERE)
Halloween's origins date back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-in). The Celts believed that on the night before the new year, the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred and the ghosts of the dead returned to earth. In addition to causing trouble and damaging crops, Celts thought that the presence of the otherworldly spirits made it easier for the Druids, or Celtic priests, to make predictions about the future. For a people entirely dependent on the volatile natural world, these prophecies were an important source of comfort and direction during the long, dark winter.
It wasn't until the late In the 1800s, that there was a move in America to mold Halloween into a holiday more about community and neighborly get-togethers than about ghosts, pranks and witchcraft and buy the turn of the century, Halloween parties for both children and adults became the most common way to celebrate the day.
The American Halloween tradition of "trick-or-treating" probably dates back to the early All Souls' Day parades in England. During the festivities, poor citizens would beg for food and families would give them pastries called "soul cakes" in return for their promise to pray for the family's dead relatives. The distribution of soul cakes was encouraged by the church as a way to replace the ancient practice of leaving food and wine for roaming spirits. The practice, which was referred to as "going a-souling" was eventually taken up by children who would visit the houses in their neighborhood and be given ale, food, and money.
There ya go - learn something new everyday!
My card for this challenge!
SUPPLIES: Card stock (Stampin Up!), "Acanthus" embossing folder (Cuttlebug), Images & sentiment (Recollections) The pumpkin was colored using water color pencils and a blender pen.
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