One of my very favorite October traditions is watching It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown on tv. It’s pretty much considered vintage tv viewing at this point, but like all classics, it’s timeless and so relatable.
The great thing about this particular Peanuts cartoon is the introduction of the Great Pumpkin as the figurehead of Halloween! After-all, Santa has Christmas, and the Easter Bunny has Easter. Charles Schultz in a genius move simply gave Halloween its own holiday character—even if Linus van Pelt is the only believer.
Year after year, faithful Linus sits in the pumpkin patch on Halloween night, missing out on trick or treats waiting for the Great Pumpkin to appear. Sadly, he never does. Discouraged but undaunted, Linus vows to wait again next year, certain that the Great Pumpkin will eventually make an appearance if he is steadfast.
Depending upon your viewpoint, Linus can seem like either a foolish optimist, or tenacious in his ability to not only believe…but also encourage others to join him in the pumpkin patch.
At the end of the day he stands alone.
In his solitude, Linus knows he’s not the norm—but he’s okay with that.
He follows his heart every time, not the crowd.
This story has a happily-ever-after because some good has come out of that pumpkin patch. Linus has turned me (and I’m pretty sure there are others) into a stone-cold believer. No doubt one of these days the Great Pumpkin will make an appearance, and Linus will be vindicated.
Realistically, I’m the kind of person who confiscates all the good chocolate.
Giant benevolent jack o’ lantern? Schmak o’ lantern!
Just goes to show, even after all these years… when it comes to the Great Pumpkin?
I don’t know jack.
“There are three things I have learned never to discuss with people:
religion, politics, and the Great Pumpkin.” 🎃
~Linus van Pelt
When it comes to savoring all the colorful beauty that is Autumn, and as much as I love my home—Texas “falls” short in the Autumn department… 🍁🍂🍃
Raised in the west, I’m a girl that loves a good cold snap and a crisp breeze. Right now I’m picturing myself sitting on my pumpkined porch snacking on an apple cider donut and warming my hands with a toasty mug of hot chocolate!
(Sadly in reality it’s 85 degrees and my AC is cranked on.)
Don’t get me wrong, even though we don’t get the lovely fall weather I will totally be doing that, because there’s something about NOT having authentic Autumn that makes me-(and most other Texans I know)-go overboard for it. We embrace it wholeheartedly. Enthusiastically we bundle ourselves into sweaters and scarves, rake up our not-so-colorful leaves into piles, and invoke autumn smells through candles and pumpkin-spiced everything!
I may not be blessed to live in Autumn splendor, but there is one blessing of the season that we all share, and that’s the beauty of the Harvest Moon. The full moon occurring closest to the autumnal equinox is known as the Harvest Moon. Usually it falls in September, but this year it’s
Today-Thursday, October 5th.
Because it shines brightly, back in the days prior to electricity-farm work could continue even after the sun went down. Hence the name Harvest Moon. As daylight faded, the looming darkness didn’t stop the industrious farmer from going to work. With only the illumination of the full moon, the farmer toiled away all night in darkness—accomplishing much.
Sadly, our world has been shrouded in shadows lately.
It can be overwhelming and daunting.
But we can learn a lesson from the conscientious farmer.
Despite the darkness, it’s time to go to work.
‘Tis the season for sowers and reapers.
We can take a lesson from the moon, too.
Be a spotlight so that darkness can’t prevail.
Tonight the Harvest Moon will bestow extra light on the world.
& if there’s one thing I’m absolutely sure of…
A “ LIGHT” harvest is a bountiful one.
Oh Harvest Moon so big and bright
Watch over us this quiet night.