Monday, October 24, 2016

Snarkology Halloween Blog Hop

          The History of Jack-O’-Lanterns
 Where did we get the tradition of carving jack-o’-lanterns for Halloween? Supposedly, the practice of decorating and carving jack-o’-lanterns comes from the Celts who held a festival of Samhain each year and believed Samhain was a time when supernatural beings and souls of the dead roamed the earth. The custom arrived in America with Irish immigrants where it became an integral part of Halloween festivities.

According to Irish folktale, a miserable man and drunk named Stingy Jack enjoyed playing tricks on people, including the devil. Unable to enter heaven or hell after his death, he was destined to roam the earth listlessly. Jack placed a piece of coal into a carved-out, large turnip and used it as a lantern to keep the evil spirits away. Today in America, pumpkins are carved into jack-o-lanterns, lit, and placed outside of doorways for the same purpose.

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Hired as the town’s school teacher, Maria O’Donnell and her sister Abigail arrive in the Colorado Territory in 1875, only to find the uncle they were to stay with has been murdered.
Rancher Tye Ashmore is content with life until he meets quiet and beautiful Maria. He falls in love at first sight, but her reluctance to jeopardize her teaching position by accepting his marriage proposal only makes him more determined to make her part of his life.
When their lives are threatened by gunshots and a gunnysack of dangerous wildlife, Tye believes he is the target of an unknown enemy. Not until Maria receives written threats urging her to leave does she realize she might be the target instead of the handsome rancher.
With the help of Tye, Abigail, and a wily Indian called Two Bears, Maria works to uncover her uncle’s killer and put aside her fears. But will she discover happiness and true love under Colorado’s starry skies?    Link: UNDER STARRY SKIES

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  1. Love the post,Judy! To think we could've been carving

  2. I love lit pumpkins on Halloween. Adds to the spookiness.

  3. Under Starry Skies looks amazing!

    Thank you for participating in the Snarkology Halloween Hop!

  4. Thank you for telling me the story of carved pumpkins!

  5. Having to roam the earth listlessly after death is definitely a horrible punishment.

  6. Nice story about pumpkins thanks for sharing.Your book sounds great thanks for the chance to win it.

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  8. Happy Halloween!!! Thank you for the history of Jack o lanterns! Thank you for participating in the Halloween hop!

  9. Happy Halloween! The story sounds great and is going on my list to read. Thanks for the contest.

  10. Love the story behind jack-o-lanters! Thank you for being a part of the Hop!

  11. Wow. I love to read the history of how traditions got started. Thanks for sharing!

  12. Happy Halloween! I love carving pumpkins. They are hard for me to do though.

  13. Happy Halloween! I love carving pumpkins and making pies.

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  15. I love carving pumpkins with my granddaughter and then roasting the seeds.

  16. We stopped decorating pumpkins as a kid after spending hours carving one, only to have someone smash it the day after. I don't know why--we would've had to get rid of it anyway. I think it was more, "If people are going to be rude, we're not even going to bother?" I don't know! We did do a "pumpkin carving" for my stepdaughter and our friends' kids when they were little. They lasted about 30 minutes and got bored and the adults were left to finish it all!

  17. Under the Starry Skies looks really interesting!

  18. This was a great post. We've always enjoyed carving pumpkins, but we live in a neighborhood filled with children who've been taught it's okay to smash them. It's so frustrating. michelle_willms at yahoo dot com