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The Origin of the Jack o Lantern

Besides the story of the Irishman who tried to trick the Devil, I recently found this somewhat more down to Earth meaning of the Jack o Lantern;

"Jack-o'-lantern" first referred to night watchmen who carried lanterns because there were no street lamps.

Jack, a popular diminutive of the name John, was often used to mean "man," and as a result, a man carrying a lantern was often referred to as a jack-o'-lantern.

When turnips, carved with faces to ward off evil spirits, were lit from within, they were considered lanterns, too. Eventually, the term "jack-o'-lantern" came to refer to the smiling pumpkins we associate with Halloween.

It must have been some job, carving a turnip!
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Interesting. Would that make me a jack-'o-Christmas?
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Interesting. Would that make me a jack-'o-Christmas?
Perhaps if you carve yourself a snowman.

I'm getting warmed up for that Halloween site your doing. That still on? *hopefulsmiley*
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When we make snow angels, we are kind of carving the snow into/off of the ground?
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When we make snow angels, we are kind of carving the snow into/off of the ground?
You could make it so by pouring some cold water into the forms to set them and keep them for a while.
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