I did some research on Jack-O-Laterns and was surprised by all the tradition and folklore concerning these creative carvings.
This one is a little fountain that serves fruit punch.
. It was not until 1837 that jack-o'-lantern appeared as a term for a carved vegetable lantern, and the carved pumpkin lantern association with Halloween is recorded in 1866.In the United States, the carved pumpkin was first associated with the harvest season in general, long before it became an emblem of Halloween. In 1900, an article on Thanksgiving entertaining recommended a lit jack-o'-lantern as part of the festivities. The poet John Greenleaf Whittier, who was born in Massachusetts in 1807, wrote "The Pumpkin" (1850):
|“||Oh!—fruit loved of boyhood!—the old days recalling,|
When wood-grapes were purpling and brown nuts were falling!
When wild, ugly faces we carved in its skin,
Glaring out through the dark with a candle within!
A character named Stingy Jack was associated with the Jack-o-lantern in folklore. He is quite the interesting guy, there is lots of reading on this guy if you are interested. Hence Jack became connected to the pumpkin carved with candles.
I realize that Halloween is 6 weeks away, but I wanted to feature these cute Jack-O-Lanterns.
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