Its partner sign up time again. Below is the line up. Be sure to read all about this month's theme in the right sidebar. Its a good theme for the month of October since it is Halloween month....
I thought you might enjoy some Halloween trivia:
- As European immigrants came to America, they brought their varied Halloween customs with them. Because of the rigid Protestant belief systems that characterized early New England, celebration of Halloween in colonial times was extremely limited there.
- The first celebrations included "play parties," public events held to celebrate the harvest, where neighbors would share stories of the dead, tell each other's fortunes, dance, and sing. Colonial Halloween festivities also featured the telling of ghost stories and mischief-making of all kinds.
- By the middle of the nineteenth century, annual autumn festivities were common, but Halloween was not yet celebrated everywhere in the country.
- In the second half of the nineteenth century, America was flooded with new immigrants. These new immigrants, especially the millions of Irish fleeing Ireland's potato famine of 1846, helped to popularize the celebration of Halloween nationally. Taking from Irish and English traditions, Americans began to dress up in costumes and go house to house asking for food or money, a practice that eventually became today's "trick-or-treat" tradition. .
- In the late 1800s, 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.
- At the turn of the century, Halloween parties for both children and adults became the most common way to celebrate the day.
- By the 1920s and 1930s, Halloween had become a secular, but community-centered holiday, with parades and town-wide parties as the featured entertainment.
- Due to the high numbers of young children during the fifties baby boom, parties moved from town civic centers into the classroom or home, where they could be more easily accommodated.
- Between 1920 and 1950, the centuries-old practice of trick-or-treating was also revived.
- Trick-or-treating was a relatively inexpensive way for an entire community to share the Halloween celebration.
- In theory, families could also prevent tricks being played on them by providing the neighborhood children with small treats.
- A new American tradition was born, and it has continued to grow. Today, Americans spend an estimated $6.9 billion annually on Halloween, making it the country's second largest commercial holiday.
Have fun and any questions be sure and email DaBookLady. Remember to be sure to post those package pictures..
- Debb - Gina
- Gina - Connie
- Connie - Shawnee
- Shawnee - Debb
- Jayne - Judy B
- Judy B - Beth
- Beth - Jayne
- Pooch - Michelle
- Michelle - Christine
- Christine - Pooch
Be sure to let me know if you have not heard from your partner or received your package for September