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... no cursing the darkness allowed!
Unfortunately, today, too many
Christians focus their attention on the celebration of Halloween
thereby giving even more publicity to the occult and those knowingly
or unknowingly participating in it. Worse still, many Christians
hide in their homes turning off the lights to discourage trick-or-treaters
and remain virtual prisoners in their own homes !
Taking a pro-active, evangelistic
approach to Reformation Day (on 31 October 1517, Martin Luther
tacked up his 95 Thesis on the church
doors of Wittenburg where the practice of indulgences
are discussed) may prove much more fruitful.
A Great Reformation Day Faire
can occur either at a church, but more preferably in the backyard
in a neighborhood. In this way, Christians can invite trick-or-treaters
to join in and have fun with Great Reformation Day activities.
Rather than taking an antagonistic approach, invite trick-or-treaters
in saying something to the effect of --- "Thou art dressed
most unusually! Ah well, wilt thou care to join us in our celebration?
Thou shalt visit many a fun shoppe, converse with important personages,
or perhaps thou wouldst care to cast thine eye upon the events
of the day? Thou wilt surely enjoy the many delicacies here and
mayhap join in on the revelry!"
In this way trick-or-treaters
will be kept safe from the hazards of Halloween (e.g., razorblades
hidden in candy, poisoned "treats", etc.) and the unChristian
nature of Halloween which will, undoubtedly, relieve the fears
and concerns of the parents of trick-or-treaters. Moreover these
parents are sure to join in the festivities and enjoy themselves,
too, making this day a memorable one for the trick-or-treating
family! Perhaps your village, town, city or metropolis may even
re-initiate this custom to His glory!
Day Faire Activities
Have a Great Reformation Day
Faire in your neighborhood or at church. Here are some ideas of
things to do at the Faire ...
Create shoppes for various merchants out of the cardboard
packing boxes large appliances come in which are generally free
from an appliance store. Next, make a sign for your shoppe
out of construction paper and apply it to the shoppe (sign directions
below). Here are a few ideas for shoppes and things to "sell"
and display. Outside of whatever shoppes are selected for
the Great Reformation Day Faire, have a costumed interpreter explaining
what that particular craftsman did.
2) Street Vendors These merchants may or may not have had
a shoppe. However, they would sing their wares. Have your
scholars compose VERY simple tunes to attract Faire attendees
to buy their wares.
3) Shoppe Signs Many shoppe signs during this time were pictures
to show a particular craft or service. A shoemaker, for instance,
may have had a shoe on his sign; an inkeeper, may have had a cow
and a beverage in a glass; and a fishmonger may have had fish
on their signs. The signs can be made in a variety of ways with
either construction paper, fabric, or felt. Attach the signs to
a dowl (which are inexpensively purchased) and attach it to the
shoppe. Be creative and have FUN!
4) Town Crier Have the news of the Great Reformation Day Faire
shouted in the "streets" by the town crier especially
if you intend to have any special events. (Event ideas are described
below.) Otherwise, you may wish to invent some news e.g., announcing
how Farmer John's nanny goat ate the lord of the manner's underclothes
off the line for the third time that month, that swineherders
are expected to keep pigs from roaming into the cathedral, etc.
Have fun with the "news"!
Boys shirts should not be tucked in and their sleeves can
be made fluffy by tying string around the elbow and wrist and
pushing up. Girls will need long dresses or skirts while blousing
the sleeves in the same manner as the boys. Pass out light weight
mugs (or perhaps paper cups) attached to twine to all Great Reformation
Day Faire attendees which, in turn, are tied to the belt. (If
one bought a drink during this timeframe, folks were expected
to provide their own cups. Moreover, food is eaten with the fingers).
Another costuming idea is to simply visit yard or garage
sales and modify clothing to fit the times!
If you are really industrious, check out some of these costumes
from the 14th century, more 14th century, 15th century, 15th & 16th century, 16th century, more 16th century, 16th & 17th century, more 17th century, 17th & 18th century, 18th century, more 18th century , late 18th century, (Remember: Many scholars
masterfully argue that the Great Reformation is continuing today
as seen in the Christian private school movement and the Christian
Day Faire Events
Here are some ideas for events for the Great Reformation Day Faire
1) The Plague Have your scholars volunteer to be a plague victim.
Next, have a volunteer be a reporter complete with microphone
and video cameraman. The reporter can interview various plague
victims as well as interviewing, perhaps, a child that had been
with a group of children playing "Ring Around the Rosey"
to interpret this nursery rhyme. If you have time to be fancy
... go to the store and buy a huge plastic spider cutting off
two legs. Paper mache a large rat painting it gray or black, impale
the former huge plastic spider with a wire hanger connecting it
to the paper mache rat that has been painted. Next, make a sign
something to the effect of, "The flea did it! Down with fleas!"
with Christmas blinking lights around the sign and pointing to
the "flea" (aka as the plastic spider minus two legs).
2) The Great Fire of London With some of the cardboard packing
boxes that large appliances come in (which are generally free
from an appliance store), have the children use either black paint
or black marker at the top of the box and at the "windows"
and "doors" on the box to show burning. Next, cut out
flames from orange, red, and yellow crepe paper and attach to
the roof, windows and doors. Place a fan in the shoppe and/or
home to make the "flames" "burn". Have the
"reporter" and video tape camerman interview fire victims.
Day Posters Consider
placing posters strategically about the Reformation Day Faire.
Here are two examples of the contents of some posters that were
done for such a celebration. Perhaps, you may even choose
to have a costumed interpreter saying, "Hear ye, hear ye ! Come
one! Come all ! Announcing the Great Debate ! Cheer
on your champion !"
$$ At the very instant that the
money rattles at the bottom of the chest, the soul escapes from
purgatory, and flies liberated to heaven ! $$
$$ You, too, can purchase your
way into heaven!! $$
Select the puzzle(s)
you would like.
Click on PDF File.
Print off !
Complete the following analogies. For
analogy help, click here.
George Washington is to Father of the
United States as John Wycliff is to
Morning Star of the Reformation
Auld Lang Syne
is to Robert Burns as A Mighty Fortress is to
is to War of Indepenence song as A Mighty Fortress is to
battle hymn of the Reformation
Declaration of Independence
Duty is to good citizenship as cheerful
service is to
Day Analogy Answers
Alliteration is a lot of fun and great
for long car rides. For alliteration help, click here.
Cheerful chivalrous Christian covenantors chose chilled chocolates.
Do your own Reformation Day Alliteration
for Luther, Calvin, Knox, Scotland, Germany, England,
If you have difficulty creating alliteration phrases, try the
formula below ...
Day Onomatopoeia Activities
= Words that imitate sounds or sounds that are linked with objects.
In short, literary sound effects.
(from Greek = name-making)
Quick ... what sound ...
what sound do you hear when children
dress up as famous reformers and their family members?
what sound is heard when a family thanks God in prayer
for the sacrifice of these reformers?
what sound do you hear when a family get ready to sing
the Battle Hymn of the Reformation?
Day Analogy Answers
George Washington is to Father of the United States as John Wycliff
is to Morning Star of the Reformation; Auld Lang Syne
is to Robert Burns as A Mighty Fortress is to Martin
Luther; Yankee Doodle is to War of Independence song
as A Mighty Fortress is to battle hymn of Reformation;
Duty is to good citizenship as cheerful service is to Christians.
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