Posted by: nightmistwalker | October 9, 2015

Decorating for Samhain

By the second week of October, the neighborhoods around are usually replete with holiday decorations.  Pumpkins, witches, corn stalks, graveyards, and all things that go bump in the night move into lawns, porches, and windows all around. More houses decorate for the secular Halloween around here than they do for Yule. Yet, this year, there has been nothing or almost nothing.

October has not yet felt like October. The temperature today was in the 70s F. The sun was out. The leaves of the trees have not yet begun to change color. There is no crispness in the air.

I must confess that I have not decorated for Samhain since the girls grew up and moved. This is my favorite holiday, yet I tend to be very low key about it. However, I just love the decorations around the neighborhood. Now that they are missing, I feel the need to do something about it.

So, today, I found a strand of orange lights and hung them around the back door. Yes, the back door as opposed to the front one. As it turns out, there is no outlet at the front door to plug the lights into. The back door opens onto the deck, and then the lawn that leads down to the creek. Many rituals have been held on the deck and in the lawn, and so it seems appropriate that the decorations should be placed here.

Feline Priestesses Astarte and Little Max have been fascinated with the lights. They watched intently as I untangled the strand and tested the bulbs. They were even more interested when I got out the step ladder and began to attach the lights to the door frame. Now they are taking turns “visiting” the lights. They stroll through, give the strand a quick glance, then slowly creep close enough for a gentle sniffing. This process has been repeated all evening. Now they are simply sitting in front of it, basking in the lights and watching the reflections in the window glass.

I feel a little better, but not enough. Perhaps tomorrow I will break out the Halloween dishes and prepare a list for baking.

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