As I walked the dog (yes, the before mentioned, RASCAL!) recently, I noticed something cute as I walked the neighborhood…several of my neighbors had been “boo’d”. Although this has been going on for several years in our neighborhood, I recently learned that Hallmark has not missed the opportunity to capitalize on the fun and is selling a kit for you to use (really not necessary) but that is for another post. Quite simply, to “boo” a friend and neighbor, you arrange a basket with goodies, treats and other fall or Halloween things and leave it (hopefully, anonymously) on their doorstep. Included in the basket, is a small sign of a ghost or some such which is displayed on your door so others will know you have already been boo’d and then you pass the fun on to another neighbor. Eventually, little ghosts are on doors up and down the block! Since we are known on our street as the ones who don’t “do Halloween,” we have occasionally been included in this game but, most often, we are not; however, it is fun to watch….to guess who will be next and who left the last basket?!?
I began thinking about how I, as a Christian, might be able to share some fun with my neighbors and others down the block? Would there be a way to perhaps work the “getting boo’d” idea into a surprise at Thanksgiving or even Christmas? The holiday season is right in front of us and now is the time to plan how we will include our neighbors in our plans for the next couple months. Do you have any ideas?