By Todd Stadler · Friday, November 2, 2007 8:42am
I realize Halloween is big business these days, and probably one of the major holidays of our culture's year. But I still feel it gets short shrift in the after-glow department.
Think about it — the day after Christmas is still Christmasy. In fact, in the Christian liturgical calendar, the season of Christmas begins with Christmas Day and goes on for several weeks. But while the present-mania may fade quickly after Christmas Day, its feelings and trappings hang around for some time.
Same with Thanksgiving. Most people still have the following Friday off — to say nothing of never-ending turkey leftovers — and so the Thanksgiving glow/dyspepsia lingers a bit.
Not so with Halloween. The next day is November, my friend, and that's Thanksgiving territory, so take down your suddenly-gauche cobwebs and tombstones. Yes, the candy can stay, but you find yourself wondering how that severed hand in the candy bowl was ever a good idea. It certainly doesn't belong there in November!