I always felt that way too...now it's over, gotta pack it up-although I wait until the Feast of the Three Kings!
And then it's just winter, (in Wisconsin), and it can be soooooo long until Christmas in July!
momnan30, I'm in WI too! Hello neighbor!
I don't know if I have a least favorite, most besides Christmas, Thanksgiving and Easter are all just distant 4th places. I don't care for Halloween, I like handing out candy to the little ones dressed up so cute, and I love a good ghost story, but there's always that satanic thing in the background that just makes me uncomfortable. Valentines, my hubby and I have been married for 12 years now, we do little things all year long for each other, we usually don't remember about Valentines day. That's also my step son's b-day, so that takes over. If I didn't have to buy my daughter those little valentines to hand out at school, I wouldn't pay attention at all. St Patricks, well, I don't drink beer, but I don't mind a good corned beef & cabbage dinner once or twice a year, and we always have that on St. Patty's day. New Years, we don't go out or anything, usually don't even stay up until midnight. But I take the week between Christmand and New Years off from my Christmas countdown, but man, Jan 1st - the countdown is on! Drives my hubby nuts. Labor Day, that to me marks the real beginning of the Christmas season. All the summer stuff is done, kids in school, Christmas is just around the corner. It's legal to listen to Christmas CD exclusively after Labor Day!!! We don't do anything special to celebrate it though.
I don't care for Halloween, I like handing out candy to the little ones dressed up so cute, and I love a good ghost story, but there's always that satanic thing in the background that just makes me uncomfortable.
Actually, Satanism is not involved in the history of Halloween. It is a Celtic holiday. I am a big lover of Halloween and it is sad that some don't know the true story of how Halloween came to be. Celtic, pagan, wiccan etc holidays and celebrations are in no way associated with satanism. Satanism is a whole other religion.
Halloween's origins date back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-in). The Celts, who lived 2,000 years ago in the area that is now Ireland, the United Kingdom, and northern France, celebrated their new year on November 1. This day marked the end of summer and the harvest and the beginning of the dark, cold winter, a time of year that was often associated with human death. Celts believed that on the night before the new year, the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred. On the night of October 31, they celebrated Samhain, when it was believed that the ghosts of the dead returned to earth. In addition to causing trouble and damaging crops, Celts thought that the presence of the otherworldly spirits made it easier for the Druids, or Celtic priests, to make predictions about the future. For a people entirely dependent on the volatile natural world, these prophecies were an important source of comfort and direction during the long, dark winter.
To commemorate the event, Druids built huge sacred bonfires, where the people gathered to burn crops and animals as sacrifices to the Celtic deities.
During the celebration, the Celts wore costumes, typically consisting of animal heads and skins, and attempted to tell each other's fortunes. When the celebration was over, they re-lit their hearth fires, which they had extinguished earlier that evening, from the sacred bonfire to help protect them during the coming winter.
By A.D. 43, Romans had conquered the majority of Celtic territory. In the course of the four hundred years that they ruled the Celtic lands, two festivals of Roman origin were combined with the traditional Celtic celebration of Samhain.
The first was Feralia, a day in late October when the Romans traditionally commemorated the passing of the dead. The second was a day to honor Pomona, the Roman goddess of fruit and trees. The symbol of Pomona is the apple and the incorporation of this celebration into Samhain probably explains the tradition of "bobbing" for apples that is practiced today on Halloween.
By the 800s, the influence of Christianity had spread into Celtic lands. In the seventh century, Pope Boniface IV designated November 1 All Saints' Day, a time to honor saints and martyrs. It is widely believed today that the pope was attempting to replace the Celtic festival of the dead with a related, but church-sanctioned holiday. The celebration was also called All-hallows or All-hallowmas (from Middle English Alholowmesse meaning All Saints' Day) and the night before it, the night of Samhain, began to be called All-hallows Eve and, eventually, Halloween. Even later, in A.D. 1000, the church would make November 2 All Souls' Day, a day to honor the dead. It was celebrated similarly to Samhain, with big bonfires, parades, and dressing up in costumes as saints, angels, and devils. Together, the three celebrations, the eve of All Saints', All Saints', and All Souls', were called Hallowmas.