The legend of “Stingy Jack”

I did some traditions of Christmas last year, and I thought it might be interesting to know the traditions behind Halloween.  This came from the History Channel, although I found another one over at Rose Valley Ranch blog plus if you get on to wikipedia it validates some of the different points.

Enjoy your Halloween weekend!!

The Legend of “Stingy Jack”

This came from History Channel

People have been making jack-o’-lanterns at Halloween for centuries. The practice originated from an Irish myth about a man nicknamed “Stingy Jack.” According to the story, Stingy Jack invited the Devil to have a drink with him. True to his name, Stingy Jack didn’t want to pay for his drink, so he convinced the Devil to turn himself into a coin that Jack could use to buy their drinks. Once the Devil did so, Jack decided to keep the money and put it into his pocket next to a silver cross, which prevented the Devil from changing back into his original form. Jack eventually freed the Devil, under the condition that he would not bother Jack for one year and that, should Jack die, he would not claim his soul. The next year, Jack again tricked the Devil into climbing into a tree to pick a piece of fruit. While he was up in the tree, Jack carved a sign of the cross into the tree’s bark so that the Devil could not come down until the Devil promised Jack not to bother him for ten more years.
Soon after, Jack died. As the legend goes, God would not allow such an unsavory figure into heaven. The Devil, upset by the trick Jack had played on him and keeping his word not to claim his soul, would not allow Jack into hell. He sent Jack off into the dark night with only a burning coal to light his way. Jack put the coal into a carved-out turnip and has been roaming the Earth with ever since. The Irish began to refer to this ghostly figure as “Jack of the Lantern,” and then, simply “Jack O’Lantern.”
In Ireland and Scotland, people began to make their own versions of Jack’s lanterns by carving scary faces into turnips or potatoes and placing them into windows or near doors to frighten away Stingy Jack and other wandering evil spirits. In England, large beets are used. Immigrants from these countries brought the jack o’lantern tradition with them when they came to the United States. They soon found that pumpkins, a fruit native to America, make perfect jack-o’-lanterns.

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A Complete Meal

Appetizer

Jalapeno Corn Dip Recipe:
found here

1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup mayonnaise (the real stuff)
1/2 cup salsa (or picante)
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp garlic powder
2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
14.5oz can sweet kernel corn, drained
2 jalapenos, seeded and chopped
Tortilla chips

Mix everything and refrigerate for several hours to let flavors combine.

Like a little less spice? Take out the jalapeno. Like a little more? Add more jalapeno and a spicier salsa! Serve with tortilla chips.
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