We are so blessed to have all our parents and brothers and sisters live within an easy driving distance. Most of our siblings are married and most have children. This makes for lots of fun with the cousins whenever we get together. We aren’t all that thrilled about Halloween, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have a party. Lots of people don’t celebrate Jesus at Christmas, instead they celebrate Santa Clause. The same goes for us. We just celebrate Pumpkins. Thus we’ve come to calling this day Pumpkin Day!
The kids dress up in homemade costumes. This year we had a fairy, a cowboy, a cowgirl, a pirate, a princess and a mummy (who later turned into a cowboy).
Everybody brings something to add to supper. We had chili, cornbread, salad, with hot apple cider and homemade doughnuts. The doughnuts are a tradition that everyone looks forward to each year. I did a blog on how I make them. Click the picture to get the recipe.
All the families bring their pumpkins to carve. We had about 10 pumpkins to carve this year. It is a real fun time.
It takes a while to get all of the pumpkins cleaned out. What a mess!
We had some pretty cool designs this year: a horse, a cowboy, a kitty, a honey bee, and some unique inventions. It is much more fun when the grandparents get involved and have fun too.
Then we line up all the carved pumpkins and light them up. What an ambiance!
I like to share this book with my children every Pumpkin Day. Taking every opportunity possible to make a holiday as meaningful as I can is important to me. This board book is written in a poem by Crystal Bowman. She tells the story of a pumpkin (from seed to harvest). Then she uses the carving of the pumpkin to explain how God scoops out our sin and makes us like new. His light shines in us through our love to others.