Monday, October 29, 2012

The History of The Jack O' Lantern

Have you guys every wondered where Jack O'Lanterns even started from...

Or why we carve pumpkins every year?

Well I was wondering the exact same thing!
& Last week for our Family Night Blake taught me...
So I'm here to share my exciting knowledge [this version coming from the history channel] with you my friends!

Legend of "Stingy Jack"

People have been making jack-o'-lanterns at Halloween for centuries.
The practice originated from an Irish myth about a man nicknamed "Stingy Jack." According to the story, Stingy Jack invited the Devil to have a drink with him. True to his name, Stingy Jack didn't want to pay for his drink, so he convinced the Devil to turn himself into a coin that Jack could use to buy their drinks. Once the Devil did so, Jack decided to keep the money and put it into his pocket next to a silver cross, which prevented the Devil from changing back into his original form. Jack eventually freed the Devil, under the condition that he would not bother Jack for one year and that, should Jack die, he would not claim his soul. The next year, Jack again tricked the Devil into climbing into a tree to pick a piece of fruit. While he was up in the tree, Jack carved a sign of the cross into the tree's bark so that the Devil could not come down until the Devil promised Jack not to bother him for ten more years.
Soon after, Jack died. As the legend goes, God would not allow such an unsavory figure into heaven. The Devil, upset by the trick Jack had played on him and keeping his word not to claim his soul, would not allow Jack into hell. He sent Jack off into the dark night with only a burning coal to light his way. Jack put the coal into a carved-out turnip and has been roaming the Earth with ever since. The Irish began to refer to this ghostly figure as "Jack of the Lantern," and then, simply "Jack O'Lantern."
In Ireland and Scotland, people began to make their own versions of Jack's lanterns by carving scary faces into turnips or potatoes and placing them into windows or near doors to frighten away Stingy Jack and other wandering evil spirits. In England, large beets are used. Immigrants from these countries brought the jack o'lantern tradition with them when they came to the United States. They soon found that pumpkins, a fruit native to America, make perfect jack-o'-lanterns.

So in honor of finally learning why I have carved pumpkins every year [without fail] with my sweet family and now friends..


We carved Potatoes!
[we are in Idaho after all..]

It was pretty fun/funny because potatoes are completley solid.. unlike pumpkins! So we took a spoon and just scooped everything we could out of there..

And then.. I'm not sure if this is the way it was done before..
But we carved little Jack O'Lanterns in our cute little potatoes..

We were pretty proud of our little creations and our new knowledge..
[& This is why I am SO grateful for our Family Nights together, my sweet husband, and the fun memories we have the opportunity to make]

Stingy Jack won't be bothering us this year with these cute scary guys out there..
 I hope you guys are loving the Halloween Season and getting to celebrate the Fall Season..
I sure love you all
& hope you feel so enlightened today..
Have a wonderful start of your week!

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