By Debra Rae
Recent shopping trips underscore the inevitable—namely, “the holiday season” is upon us. Everywhere I turn, I’m greeted with a hodge-podge of images depicting spiders, witches, vampires, turkeys, Santa Clauses, elves, and affable reindeer. You name it.
For many, such displays spark “spirit.” What’s not to enjoy about Christmas and Thanksgiving themes that are conciliatory, family-honoring, and laden with goodwill toward men?
Now, contrast thankfulness and “peace on earth” with dark, death-centric Halloween icons of witches, tombstones, ghouls, vampires, werewolves, and monsters. Couple these with practices of vandalism, mischief, and extortion; and perhaps you get my gist.
Despite plain distinctions as these, television spook programming and video rentals of violent horror films reach their peak at this time of year. And 2009 is no exception.
Just last month in Forks, Washington, the mayor read a proclamation celebrating Stephenie Meyer Day. You may know that Meyer authored four New York Times best-selling novels packaged as the Twilight Saga. Eager attendees entered Twilight character lookalike, trivia and theme-specific, car-decorating contests. Click here to continue reading.
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