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History of Halloween

Did you ever wonder where Halloween really started? We’ve all heard the stories of the Celts and Druids. But is that really what influenced our current day Halloween celebration?HalloweenPaperDoll

The Ancient Roots

October 31st was considered the end of the year by the Celts. It also signified the end of summer and the harvest. In their religion, the Druids were like priests. The veil between the physical world and the spirit world was supposed to be at its thinnest on Samhain (October 31), and the Druids were supposed to be able to communicate with the dead to predict the outcome of the new year.

One of the big parts of the celebration was a huge bonfire where they burned the remains of the crops. Sometimes they would sacrifice animals to appease the gods for a prosperous new year. The animals used in these ceremonies were selected carefully and believed they were unable to survive on their own throughout the harsh winter months ahead.

The Celts would wear laving costumes constructed mostly of animal skins and heads.

At the end of the ceremony, each family would take a part of the bonfire back to their home and relight their fireplace that had been extinguished earlier in the evening.

When the Romans took over, they blended this celebration with their own that remembered the dead called Feralia.

Eventually, the name of the holiday became All Hallows Eve which got contracted to Halloween.

Halloween in America

When the Puritans came to America, they did not bring Halloween as they considered that a pagan abomination. Halloween was almost all but forgotten until the large immigration wave in the mid 1800’s. In Ireland, people would carve turnips and beets into lanterns which were used to trick the evil spirits away from the villages. In America, they started carving pumpkins into these lanterns.

In the 1890’s, Halloween parties were hosted in the homes, and people would eat seasonal food, play games, and started wearing costumes.  Most were friendly and people would stay away from scary costumes and telling ghost stories.

Starting around the 1920’s, Halloween festivities started becoming a community event with parades and city-wide parties. In the 1950’s, the parties started getting into the classroom. Trick or Treating started to come back into fashion.

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Tips To Shopping For Maternity Clothing

A mother-to-be should be the happiest woman on the earth, but sometimes the extra weight gain can put a damper on the way a pregnant woman feels. Choosing the right maternity clothing can go a long way toward alleviating the unattractive feeling a woman often experiences.

Whether you are petite or plus size you can discover some funky and trendy maternity outfits at cheap discount prices. Looking good is half the battle when it comes to feeling good. And looking good is just a matter of spending a little time finding the right maternity clothes for you. Appearing stylish is a goal that can be achieved through the entire pregnancy experience.

Some women believe they have to look thin to be beautiful. That is so far from the truth it is not even funny. There is a wide selection of cute maternity clothes in retail stores or online that can make you feel attractive again no matter what size you happen to be. There is absolutely no reason why any woman should have to squeeze uncomfortably into an outfit that is way too small in an attempt to look stunning. It’s not the size, but the style and fit that will improve your look.

The purpose of maternity clothing is to help you feel as comfortable as possible with your increasing weight and size. But that doesn’t mean you can’t find some trendy maternity clothes that you can feel good in. Finding some funky maternity clothes just takes a little bit of searching online or through retail stores. The cute maternity clothing you crave is out there, it just has to be found.

In addition to maternity pants, shirts, skirts and dresses there are other items of clothing that can increase a pregnant woman’s comfort. Finding the right underwear is very important too. If you want to look good you need to feel good. Nursing bras should have the ability to stretch, which is why cotton bras are the most popular during and after pregnancy.

If you are wanting to continue feeling sexy for your husband you may experience the need for some maternity thongs. They have become a very popular item of late. They can be found in very soft fabrics that will stretch comfortably below a woman’s belly. They can be made of stretchy cotton fabric for the ultimate in comfort and also come in an assortment of exciting colors and prints. Just because you are pregnant doesn’t mean you can’t wear similar clothes that you are already used to.

Other items of clothing that can still be worn during this period are jeans and T-shirts. Jeans and T-shirts are specially made for mothers-to-be. They have special stretchy areas that will conform to your shape while still looking trendy and attractive.

Skirts and dresses can also be worn regularly during pregnancy. Skirts are probably the most popular form of apparel during this time of your life. They can fit loosely for comfort while hiding some of the extra shape you are doing your best not to display. Dresses are also popular for the same reasons. This type of apparel gives you a little extra room for both growth and comfort.

The main thing to watch out for is not buying outfits that are too snug to begin with. It’s usually wise to purchase apparel that has a little “growing into” room. Buying things too tight means you will outgrow it quicker. If you have a large shopping budget you may be able to get away with buying things to fit. But if you are looking to save money by going with cheap discounts you should consider finding maternity clothes that will have a little extra room for growth. By shopping this way you will be able to save money by wearing those funky clothes for a longer period of time.

Now that you can see how important it is to find cute, trendy and funky maternity clothing for both your comfort and your appearance it’s time to start searching for them. Shopping online allows you do find cute petite or lovely plus size outfits in the convenience of your own home. Once you know what’s out there you can then visit the retail stores and start trying on the clothes that will help you to feel the most beautiful possible.

The Demand for Sexier Halloween Costumes is Increasing Every Year

The trend toward sexier Halloween costumes has been skyrocketing in recent years. These outfits have surpassed children’s costumes in demand, leading companies to increase their stock of these types of outfits by leaps and bounds. Large buyers are also asking for more and more of these costumes.

Whether it’s the influence of shows like “Sex and the City” or the convergence of fashion even on holidays, sexy costumes are all the rage for all ages. These outfits are showing more leg and midriff, and sexy versions of classic characters are emerging. In addition, while many customers will put a cap on what they are willing to spend on costumes, they will often go the extra mile for the accessories needed to put the finishing touches on an outfit, such as wigs, eyelashes, nails and jewelry.

Fashion-conscious shoppers want to wow other party goers rather than scare them, and they know exactly what they want to accomplish this trick. Halloween has become less a holiday to these shoppers than a reason for putting their style on display. Where Halloween once existed in its own realm, it is now an event that has become in sync with style trends.

When you’re pregnant, you probably  just want to be flirty and playful. You’ll want to find a cute maternity costume that isn’t constrictive but let’s you move freely, and works well with your style.

The best news for you is due to increased demand and competition among businesses that sell Halloween costumes, quality, creativity and choices are rising.