The Connection Between Halloween and Christmas

The Connection Between Halloween and Christmas

By B. Francis Morlan Imagine this: holiday celebrants by the hundreds take to the streets wearing all manner of costumes and masks, going door to door seeking treats in a yearly ritual of fun and frivolity. Halloween, right? Nope — it’s Christmas. The ancient art of “mumming” dates back to before Christ and is eerily described these days in the fashion of Halloween: bands of neighbors and friends going door to door in disguise seeking treats or money in exchange for casting out devils or evil spirits that might bring bad luck to a household. Anciently this custom was associatedRead more