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    Do You Make Jack-O-Lanterns?

    Do you like to carve pumpkins for Halloween ? Please post pictures of your jack-o-lanterns.



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    We dont celebrate Halloween. The last years some norwegians celebrate it, but its just a buy fest for the store like other holidays has become. Very few norwegians know what Samhain is about. We call Halloween "all saints day/evening", and its suppoused to be a christian tradition... Your pumpkin looks nice, maybe I should make one if I can find a pumpkin. They are hard to come by here, in fact I dont think I ever saw one.

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    Why ,heck ,I thought I was the only "little kid " out there! I always enjoyed doing the jack o lantern thing with my little girl and guess what ,She is 17 and we STILL do it. And to comment on Hersirs post; most Americans do not think of Halloween is a christian holiday ,indeed some churchs' like the jehovas witnesses forbid it as pagan.To most of us halloween is sort of a "Harvest Time" celebration where kids "and sometimes adults" get dressed up and have some fun.To me it represents the smell and feel or Autumn in the air ,the changing leaves,the harvest moon ,the fallow fields ,hunting season arriving , a majic time!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hersir View Post
    We dont celebrate Halloween. The last years some norwegians celebrate it, but its just a buy fest for the store like other holidays has become. Very few norwegians know what Samhain is about. We call Halloween "all saints day/evening", and its suppoused to be a christian tradition... Your pumpkin looks nice, maybe I should make one if I can find a pumpkin. They are hard to come by here, in fact I dont think I ever saw one.
    To me Halloween is a very fun time. I have no proof but it probably has its roots in pagan times. Children dressing scary to ward off evil spirits, people gathering around bonfires and eating and drinking. Carving pumpkins to scare away evil. This might be good research project.

    There are some very large pumpkin farms around here, there is one place called Pumpkin Center more of a area than a town though. Pumpkins are very cheap here usually $2 for the medium size and $3 dollars for big ones.

    I set them on the front porch so that people can see them. This is good way for people to see that real pumpkins look better that the plastic ones. As I do not like all the fake fall decorations and I think people should spend more time with their families making their own.

    Maybe you could get some seeds and grow some In Norway and start a new tradition were people spend time together carving real pumpkins without buying the fake store bought stuff. OK I might be dreaming again

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    OK its time for another pumpkin, This one is more traditional.


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    Halloween has been celebrated here in recent years as part of the general decay of German culture. Its presence in the United States is due to 19th century Irish immigrants.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hauke Haien View Post
    Halloween has been celebrated here in recent years as part of the general decay of German culture. Its presence in the United States is due to 19th century Irish immigrants.
    Is it not similar to Hexennacht only that it held in the Fall instead of the spring.

    Anything that brings families together can't be all bad. I don't like that it is used by the retail stores as another way to make money. Thats one of the reasons I still carve jack-o-laterns instead of buying the plastic crap they sell in stores. Besides it is fun.

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    yes, me and the Kids love it!!!

    will post picture when done!

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    I love Samhain. In Ireland we have huge bonfires and then go house to house and we say "Help the Halloween Party" we don't say trick or treat and it is more common to give out fruit and nuts instead of chocolate and sweets...

    I never seen a real pumpkin till i came to the USA in 02.. Tradition says we used Turnips and i cannot imagine having to carve one of them as they are solid all the way through.. lol

    Love It...

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    My boyfriend and I made one a weekend past, and are planning on making another tonight. We carved protection runes on the sides and a scary face on the front to ward off the spirits riding with Odin.
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