It’s no secret that Halloween is my least favorite holiday. My mother confirmed that I never liked it, even as a child. My children like dressing up and getting candy, but that is the extent that we go. There aren’t any scary or spooky decorations at our house and I make my husband hand out any candy to visitors. But after learning about Martin Luther and the Protestant Reformation, we are celebrating Reformation Day!
Our first year in Classical Conversations was on Cycle 2. Week 7 introduced Martin Luther and the Ninety-Five Theses as our history verse. I grew up Presbyterian with a Catholic extended family, so I was aware of the Reformation, but had no idea what it really meant. We studied more in-depth that week into Martin Luther and the Reformation and ever since I don’t think of October 31st as Halloween, but as Reformation Day.
A Quick Reformation Day Lesson:
During the Renaissance period, the Catholic Church started demanding that people had to pay for their sacraments to cover their sins, so they would be allowed into heaven upon their death. The Catholic Church was very powerful and most people gave everything they had because they were afraid that if they did not, they would not be granted entrance into heaven. Martin Luther was a Catholic monk who started to protest the idea, saying that only God could pardon sins, not the church. He believed that people could atone for a bad deed by doing a good deed, and by asking God for forgiveness directly, instead of going through the Church.
Many people agreed with Luther and eventually the church split in two: half Protestant (Luther’s followers) and the Catholic church. It was not a peaceful split and led to over 100 years of war in Europe, with each side believing the other was wrong. The end result were 2 distinct Christian groups: Protestants and Catholics.
Reformation Day Printable
My kids really wanted to hand out something at our CC Campus this week, and I was racking my brain to find something that was not Halloweeny (not sure that’s a word,but you get my point) and had nothing to do with skeletons, bones, potions, etc. I realized that we could celebrate Reformation Day!
I had the kids put some small treats into bags for their classmates, and then we stapled the cards to the bags. They are so excited to have a treat to hand out, and I’m thrilled that this was a great time to reference the Reformation and renew our memory work. To download the Reformation Day Cards, simply click on the image above.
I’d love to know if you celebrate Reformation Day, or Halloween, or a combination of both!