We’ve been attending an Anglican church in the area since the move. I happened upon it during a websurf as I sought a reformed church in our area. It’s got a lot of similarities to a Catholic church, so R, who was raised there, feels quite at home. And theologically I’m comfortable, which is the bottom line for me. More than all of this, though, the kids love it, we feel fed here, and the people are great.
So how lovely that on November 1st, All Saint’s Day, they’ll be having their annual potluck and All Saints’ costume competition! ‘Cause we all need little saints running amok amongst the prizewinning chili.
Now, if you have (or ever have had) a five-year-old, you know that any kind of costume opportunity is a mini-Rachel Zoe moment. TOTAL crisis, because- after all, what SHALL she wear? The crucial thing to remember is that most All Saints’ celebrations tend to favor the Saint part and not so much the Halloween part, i.e.- no flesheating zombies or corpse brides.
So, lovely readers, help me to decide from the holiness below. Which is, in your humble opinion, the most likely to win one of the prizes for “best saint” or “most elaborate costume”? Cause you KNOW- eyes on the prize…
1. St. Brigid of Kildare. Besides having a bling-worthy crown of lace, this Saint is well-known for her cross, which is very likely to be a craft done during the festival. Cons: most likely to have competition, as this is a popular Anglican chick saint.
2. Julian of Norwich. Don’t let the name fool ya- this chick was a hard core anchoress and visionary, and, some say, a forerunner of the feminist movement. Pros: great message, lovely writings. Cons: not sure a five-year-old really gets visionary mysticism. Just guessing.
3. Ethelreda, Abbess of Ely. Cautious of her virtue, this queen several times over is known for the lace her followers wore. Her common name is St. Awdrey, whence derives the word “tawdry”. Pros: princess/queen connection. Cons: tawdry? Not great connotations…
4. Hildegard of Bingen. The quintessential multitasker, this music-making nun invented her own alphabet and wrote books, all the while receiving visions, writing books, and illuminating manuscripts. Pros: lots of art and images of her exist, so costume creation should be easy. Cons: What kindergardener in their right mind wants the name “Hildegard”??
Thoughts? (Poll below)