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The History of Halloween

by Melissa Thompson


Have you ever wondered how Halloween started?  Now that Halloween is just a few days away, it’s a good time to learn a little bit about the history of this scary, fun-filled, candy coma inducing holiday!

When we think of Halloween, we think of candy, costumes, haunted houses and trick-or-treating. But the word Halloween literally means “hallowed evening”. There was a time, long ago in Europe, when it was known as All Hallows’ Eve.  All Hallows’ Eve (celebrated on October 31) and All Saints’ Day (celebrated November 1) were both times to honor saints (“hallows” means “saints”). Eventually the two celebrations were combined in to one name – Halloween.

Halloween is celebrated on October 31 because the ancient Gaelic festival of Samhain, considered the earliest version of Halloween, occurred on that day. Samhain  It was a time of year when the season changed and people believed that the wall between this world and the next became thin, allowing the two worlds to connect.  The idea of being able to communicate with the dead lead to Halloween becoming known as a haunted holiday.

Back in the old days, people would dress up as saints and go door to door singing songs and reciting verses. Children would ask for “soul cakes” (similar to biscuits), which eventually evolved into trick-or-treating. It wasn’t until the early to mid-1900s that giving out candy became mainstream in the U.S. People would give candy (treats) in the hopes that it would prevent them from being the victims of holiday pranks. (tricks)

Costumes also evolved from being tributes to saints to wearing scary-looking costumes in order to give unsuspecting neighbors a fright.  This custom began with some young Scottish and Irish pranksters and thanks to them, now dressing up for Halloween has become a tradition of wearing spooky, funny, and creative costumes of all kinds.

Halloween is a popular holiday in America today, but it almost didn’t make it here. The Puritans disapproved of the holiday’s pagan roots and did not take part in Halloween celebrations.  Then Irish and Scottish immigrants began arriving in America in great numbers, and with them came the celebration of this fun holiday where people would sing, dance and tell ghost stories to commemorate the upcoming harvest. 16 American Holidays, Ranked

By the early 20th century, it is estimated that Halloween was celebrated by the majority of people across the nation.  This year will be no different. Millions of people will put on costumes, go to parties, decorate their homes, and indulge in their favorite candy treats. The Melissa Thompson Team at Your Key to Memphis wishes you a happy, fun-filled and safe Halloween!

If you are in the market to buy or sell a home in the Memphis area, contact professional Realtor Melissa Thompson and let her help you with all your real estate needs! Give her a call today at 901-729-9526!

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Why We Observe Memorial Day

by Melissa Thompson


Memorial Day weekend has become a holiday weekend that people look forward to all winter and spring.  It is the de facto start of the summer season and it’s filled with cookouts, camping trips, and family gatherings.  But, it’s easy to forget the actual reason we observe Memorial Day when you’re sitting by the pool contemplating your summer vacation.  The historical significance of the day is much more than a three-day weekend filled with relaxation and celebration.

Memorial Day is a solemn day of remembrance for all who have died serving our country in the armed forces.  It began after the Civil War, which claimed more lives than any conflict in U.S. history, to honor the Union and Confederate dead, and was originally known as Decoration Day. By the late 1860s, Americans began holding springtime tributes to their fallen soldiers by decorating their graves with flowers and reciting prayers.  It soon became a nationwide date of remembrance held on May 30, 1868.  That date was chosen because it did not coincide with any particular battle.

Decoration Day gradually became known as Memorial Day and included military personnel who died in all wars.  It was observed on May 30th for decades until 1968, when Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, which established Memorial Day as the last Monday in May so that federal workers would get a three-day weekend.  The same law made Memorial Day a federal holiday.

Across the United States cities and towns will host Memorial Day parades that include military personnel and members of veterans’ organizations.  Washington DC, New York City, and Chicago are known for hold some of the largest parades to commemorate this day. 

Even if you can’t make it to a parade, you can still observe the day by visiting cemeteries and memorials, or even just taking a moment of silence to thank those who have sacrificed their lives for our freedom.  

Memphis National Cemetery

Memphis National Cemetery on Memorial Day - Photo Credit: youtube.com

Warm Wishes for a Safe and Happy Labor Day!

by Melissa Thompson

Happy Birthday, America!

by Melissa Thompson

101 Things To Do In Memphis #24: July 4th Events 2018

by Melissa Thompson

Celebrate America’s independence here in Memphis with a great lineup of events offering a multitude of different ways to party.

Millington’s Independence Day Celebration is being held at USA Stadium (4351 Babe Howard Boulevard, Millington, TN 38053). Gates open at 4 pm and the event starts at 5 pm. Parking is $5 per car with limited spots available so be sure to make it on time. You are welcome to bring lawn chairs, coolers, and blankets (no pets). Concessions will be also be available including alcohol. There will be live music, a free children’s area, and the night will close with a fireworks display!

With the theme of “Party Like It’s 1776. Celebrate America’s Birthday in Collierville”, the night will feature a fun celebration of our nation’s birthday along with exciting entertainment and a spectacular fireworks show happening at Cox Park. This year’s emcee is Collierville native and Local Memphis Live host Amy Speropoulos of Local 24 News.

Bartlett’s fireworks show is fun for all ages and FREE for all ages. The opening ceremony is at 6 pm and the fireworks begin at 9:15 pm. In between those times, you can enjoy food and drinks (no alcohol) you packed yourself or from vendors that will be on site. So, pack a lawn chair, blanket, and enjoy the show. It will take place at Bobby K. Flaherty Municipal Center (Hwy 70 & Appling Road).

Join fellow citizens of Memphis in the 7th annual 5K benefiting the American Red Cross and its Ready Shelby program. It also honors our local Memphis heroes, including military, fire, law enforcement, and first responders. The race will be held at the Memphis Botanic Gardens at 7 pm. After the race, racers will receive finishing medals and there will be live music as well as food and drinks available. For details on ticket prices and how to pick up your racing bib, click here.

Bring your chairs and blanket, and enjoy an evening of fellowship as Munford celebrates independence with a free fireworks show at Poplar Park. Coldwell Banker Collins-Maury is sponsoring the Kids Fun Place where there will be free inflatables and a bubble machine. Refreshments will be available as well.

Meet over 400 annual attendees for the Central Gardens 4th of July parade. There will be a costume contest, free refreshments, and live music. (Location TBA)

As always, the annual parade will be happening at Cordova Community Center (1017 Sanga Road). There will also be a costume contest and awards for the following categories: Best Child in Costume, Best Decorated Bicycle, Tricycle or Pet, Best Decorated Float, Wagon or Horse, Best Decorated Motorized Vehicle, Best Over-all Children’s Entry, and Best Over-all Adult Entry. For those wishing to enter the parade, you will need to check in at the Community Center by 9 am. The parade will begin at 10 am.

There will be popsicles and festivities for the young and the young at heart, as well as a contest for the best-decorated wagon, bike, or person. They will be handing out prizes for first, second, and third place!

Celebrate our nation’s independence the All-American way with baseball, a cookout, and fireworks! A specialty ticket option for the Wednesday, July 4 game includes a cookout and a ticket to the game (6:35 p.m.) for one price.

Happening at Municipal Park (1900 S. Germantown Rd.), you’ll get to enjoy live music, inflatables, games, food, and drinks which will be available all throughout the festival. Then, conclude with fireworks!

What could be more Memphis than watching fireworks from the roof of the iconic Peabody hotel? Snacks and drinks will be available for purchase throughout the night.

John Paul Keith will be performing live, so grab some friends and enjoy great music, and delicious food and drinks at Railgarten.

 

Happy Father's Day!

by Melissa Thompson

Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

by Melissa Thompson

Mother's Day Wishes!

by Melissa Thompson

Easter Wishes!

by Melissa Thompson

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101 Things To Do In Memphis #10 Easter Events 2018

by Melissa Thompson

Spring time is upon us. That means Easter is almost here and Memphis has plenty of events to keep us hopping! However, it’s happening on April Fool’s so be sure keep your ears up for any shenanigans.

Visit Carriage Crossing’s Spring Garden for a keepsake photo with the Easter Bunny and your little one! It will be located in Suite 547 between Talbots and Dillard’s.

  • Friday, March 30 – Bunny Hop 2018 – Collierville – 10:30am – 12pm

Join JA of Collierville, Main Street Collierville and Town of Collierville for dancing, games, the Easter Bunny and more. Please bring canned food to donate to those in need within the Collierville community.

Head to the Garden to enjoy a 96-acre hunt with prizes for the adults as well! Everyone will enjoy kids crafts, lawn games, and outdoor activities throughout the day. You’ll also be able to take photos with the Easter Bunny and purchase concessions at an additional cost.

SRVS Kids & Families will be hosting their 22nd Bunny 5K at The Grove @ Oak Court Mall! Runners begin at 9:00 am and walkers start immediately after, followed by the 1 mile Family fun run/walk. They will also have children’s games, face painting, Easter egg hunt, and even a visit from the Easter Bunny! Be sure to sign up by the 29th.

Saturday of Easter Weekend, spend your time at the Yard for Smoke House specialties and spring cocktails, as well as a series of specialty events like an Easter Bunny dog costume contest and an adult Easter Egg hunt at 8 pm!

Join Pumping Station for their annual Roulette! Here are the rules: Two people face each other. They pick an egg and hope it’s not raw. At the same time, they slam the egg on their forehead. The loser get’s egg on their face, the winner goes to the next round. It’s simple and great fun!

Enjoy a fantastic brunch after your Easter service this April 1st! They offer a wide variety of food spanning multiple categories, and of course have plenty of delectable desserts for you to enjoy. Be sure to reserve your spot soon.

Enjoy crab cake Benedict, Cajun omelette, french toast, chicken tenders, and more at Tug’s this coming Easter morning! View their complete menu here.

Join Owen Brennan’s for their annual Easter Brunch. This honored event will sell out, so make your reservations as soon as possible. They will also hold a few seats and make them available for walk-ins.

Enjoy filet mignon, crab cakes, pork belly & eggs, and more at the Terrace at the River Inn this Easter! Reservations are now open and filling up fast so be sure to reserve your seats by calling 901-260-3333.

Join Paulette’s in Harbor Town for their annual Easter brunch. Reserve your seat now by calling 901-260-3300.

Brunch includes an endless buffet of traditional and not-so-traditional Easter brunch menu items. Price is $55 per adult, $25 per child, plus tax and gratuity.

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