"Well, there is only one piece of advice I can give you," said the wisest of wise men. "The secret of happiness is to see all the marvels of the world and never to forget the drops of oil on the spoon."



('The Alchemist' Paulo Coelho)




Sunday, October 31, 2010

Grumpy?

OK, so I am probably going to make myself really unpopular now and do wonders for the Society of  Misanthropes but, here goes...
I DO NOT LIKE Hallowe'en. I hate the idea of children going house to house, in the dark, in imitation of what is done across the pond  and what is, in effect, begging. If they want to celebrate the modern equivalent of a pagan festival, that's fine, although I do wonder how many of them are aware of anything beyond the blatant commercialism which is the main focus these days. But I would prefer that they do their celebrating at home rather than having a constant stream of knocks on the door all evening and the splatters of flour and eggs when the door remains unanswered. To be fair, although this used to happen when I lived on Merseyside, here merrymakers are generally admirably restrained and polite.
Ah well, a few more hours and it will be over for another year.
Next up is November 5th and trying to keep Paddy calm during all the noisy fireworks.
So call me a misery, if you wish. Bring it on! The shoulders are broad!

11 comments:

  1. Well it's 11:15 and we haven't had a single trick or treater. More sweets for us!

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  2. I also despise the new "Cult of Halloween" driven by the media and greedy commercial ventures. So much plastic crap is produced and so many fools buy it. The sooner we get back to toffee apples, apple bobbing and candlelight the better. As for "Trick or Treat" I'd like to say - "Yeah kid! Here's a trick. My Granny's chamber pot over your head! Now get lost!"

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  3. Lucky you, SP! :)
    YP, a man after my own heart, although apple bobbing has now been banned by someone or other this year. Good old H&S!

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  4. dont think your alone with your views.... I also hate Halloween and lucky for me had no trick or treaters here this year :-)

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  5. I agree as well, ickle kids begging for sweets, then firework for weeks on end, luckily lucy is not phased by them think its cause she was born on bonfire nite :o)

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  6. Yes, the joys of bonfire night! ;)Unfortunately, Paddy doesn't like the fireworks at all.

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  7. I hate Hallowe'en - it's the night of the year that I hate the most, apart from New Year's Eve which always makes me cry! True confession - - !!

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  8. I think Bonfire night(s) are the very worst because the dog goes berserk, Daphne.

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