Where did the Jack-O-Lantern Come From?

Yes, Halloween is coming, and lots of people are buying pumpkins and carving Jack-O-Lanterns. However, did you know the original Jack-O-Lanterns were made of turnips? The early settlers in America changed from the traditional use of turnips they used in England to pumpkins because they though pumpkins made better Jack-O-Lanterns. In old England, women who called themselves witches used to sit around big bonfires and tell creepy stories, and the story of the Jack-O-Lantern is one they used to tell.

The witches of old England weren’t pretty young girls.//Photo by Public Domain Pictures on Pexels.com
The witches were old women who sat around a big fire telling scary stories.//Photo by Adonyi Gábor on Pexels.com

The old women used to tell a story about a man named Jack who had offended the devil. The devil condemned him to walk one day a year throughout eternity carrying a lantern. The story is as simple as that. Jack doesn’t get to rest. Many people know what happens if they offend God, but has anyone ever thought about what happens if you offend the devil? I actually thought no one could offend the devil unless they followed God. Perhaps Jack told the devil to get lost because he wanted to follow God. That is the only way I can think of that someone could offend the devil, by doing right. To me, that doesn’t make Jack scary at all, nor his lantern.

Jack was condemned to walk one day a year with a lantern because he offended the devil.///Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com
The English left the Druid religion behind and embraced Christianity which must have offended the devil as well as the Druid priests and witches.//Photo by Thgusstavo Santana on Pexels.com

This seems to make sense because the English turned their backs on the Druid religion, the religion that was full of ghosts, goblins, and witches that had scared them to death. When they celebrate Halloween, they are celebrating All Halo’s Eve, the day before All Saint’s Day, the day that the English people decided to become Christians. They were no longer giving credence to evil, the Druid religion, but following God, and that would offend the devil. Perhaps the light of the Jack-O-Lantern symbolizes the light, or understanding of God.

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