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J is for Jack-in-the-Box, Jack O'Lantern and other famous Jacks
J is for Jack-in-the-Box from A Dark Alphabet designed by Julie and Becky's Note of Friendship blog.
Here's what Becky said about this block at the time:
"Depending on the country, the story varies a bit in it's
telling, but most involve a devil! In French the jack-in-the-box is called a
"diable en boîte", which means "boxed devil". One of
the first jack-in-the-boxes was pictured holding a boot with a devil in it. Some
believe that the name "Jack" was a reference to the devil, referred
to as a jack - is this also where we get Jack-o-lantern?"
Here is the perfect little 3D Jack-in-the-Box by Susan Myers:
Now some people might think that looks a little tricky but I stitched Susan's Drac-in-the Box last year and thanks to some nice clear instructions it really wasn't too difficult. Good preparation and lots of slip stitching is the key! Here is Drac:
On to Jack O'Lanterns, most usually a pumpkin in modern times as they are the perfect size and shape for carving into heads or more imaginative shapes. Vegetables have been carved out and used as lanterns for centuries, from the Maori (gourds) to the English (turnips, manglewurzels or beets). The carved pumpkin was first used at Harvest Time in America but by 1866 had become associated specifically with Hallowe'en.
There are many stories about the origin of the name "Jack O' Lantern" with some believing Jack is the Devil and others saying he was a man who tricked the Devil. This website tells the story of Stingy Jack and the Devil.
There are so many great Jack O'Lantern cross stitch designs to choose from, here are just a few:
Jack Skellington is the main character in the Tim Burton Nightmare Before Christmas animation. One of our favourite Hallowe'en films. Jack visits Christmas-land and tries to explain to the inhabitants of Hallowe'en Town what it is all about. Of course, they put a Spooky Spin on the festival and it all goes horribly wrong.
The other famous Jack is Jack Sparrow, not really very Hallowe'eny but he is a popular character for people to dress up as for the occasion so that's why he's here!!