Friday, October 23, 2015

Remembering Xavier's First Halloween and Samhain

As I am here preparing for Xavier's fourth Halloween I remember his first Halloween and Samhain. It was such a fun day and we have had memorable holidays ever since. This is the first year he picked out his own costume. Well, since we found them at the goodwill I allowed him to get two. We will see what he picks to wear. If you have a baby in your home this year you will probably especially appreciate this post I did just after Xavier's First Halloween and Samhain.

Last night was an extremely eventful evening. It was a very exciting night as it was Xavier's first Halloween and Samhain. We had been planning all month things such as, what to do , and how to make sure it was a special day for all of us. Nick and I love Halloween so we wanted to make sure Xavier had fun and really learned to love it. We are a pagan family and Halloween night is also our Samhain, which is a  type of new year, and day of the dead celebration. We wanted to make sure everything was extra special for our first year as a new family.

When Nick came home from work we ate dinner and got into our costumes together. Then, we did our Samhain celebration. We had set up an ancestor altar the night before and decorated it with things from the season such as; pumpkins, gourds, candles, leaves and trinkets from our loved ones who have passed on such as; pictures, jewelry, cards, etc. Next we read about the meaning of Samhain, lit all the candles, and learned about the wheel of the year. Then, we remembered and thanked all our ancestors and loved ones who have passed on for all the things we have learned and gotten from them.

Even though it is a big religious holiday for us, we still like to celebrate the fun of Halloween like everyone else. However, we decided against trick or treating for a few reasons, it was cold (for us in the south), Xavier was cranky, and really I do not see much point when he is only 7 months old. So we just took him to our friends' houses in the neighborhood and showed him off then we finished with a quiet evening at home handing out candy to trick o treaters.

I ended up having Xavier be a chicken for Halloween. We did not want to spend much on his costume this year, as he was not really trick or treating much. So, my theater degree and years of costuming experience finally came in handy. I was proud to have made Xavier's first Halloween costume and it was entirely free. I just made the cone on his hat and sewed some feet to his socks. The rest we had. Nick and I decided to be chicken farmers and we visited our local goodwill store for most of the outfit.

All in all it was a wonderful evening followed by a beautiful full moon. It is always fun celebrating holidays with Xavier and starting new traditions.

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