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Ben Babcock

I read, write, code, and knit.

Holidays: paradgim shift or just lazy?

For a moment today, I was almost able to forget that it was Halloween. Not that I have anything against Halloween. In its present incarnation it's a charming way for kids to dress up, express their imagination, and of course, collect as much Canada as they can. And really, if you can't count on candy in a democratic society, then what is my government doing with all those tax dollars?

Somewhere between this year and last, however, I've lost my connection to the Halloween spirit. It might have fallen between the couch cushions--I'll check when I get home. I haven't trick-or-treated in a couple of years, and I don't do the party thing. So there's not a lot for me to do for Halloween. I'd dress up, but I don't have many costume ideas, and I'm too lazy to put effort into creating an excellent costume. I do admire those who take the time. On campus here we've got someone dressed up like Waldo (as in Where's Waldo?) and a pair of carebears. ^_^ Occasionally I worry that this lack of Halloween participation is a sign I'm losing my will to be imaginative and expressive and am slowly turning into a boring, practical person.

/me pauses to look at blog posts. Yeah. Riiiight. :ermm: Not likely.

Let's face it. Halloween is about the candy. I can buy as much candy as I went whenever I want, so Halloween has lost its lustre. I'll probably stay home tonight and give out candy. Maybe I'll put a scary movie on and watch that while I wait for kids to show up at the door. That's vaguely Halloweenish, right?

Just wait for Christmas....