This year we packed our bags and headed to Moma’s house in VA. My cousin and I planned out the holiday so our kids, who are less than a year apart in age, can celebrate together. We attended an egg hunt at historic Stratford Hall, dyed eggs, had an epic egg and candy hunt in the front hall of Mt. Airy, and celebrated a baptism!
I love spending the first weekend of Advent decorating our home. I mean I really, really LOVE it! As the world outside begins to lose its color our home fills up with warmth and memories. This is our first year using the traditional Waldorf meanings for each week of Advent: the mineral family, the plant family, the animal family, and the human family. Each week a candle is lit in honor of the family being celebrated that week. We are also creating an Advent spiral on a little side table to help Gracie count down the days to Christmas. I am so excited to add these traditions to our family. I really think they will stick and become something we look forward to every year.
This is our first year incorporating the Waldorf celebration of Michaelmas into our family rhythm and so far it has been a lot of fun! Today is the Feast of St. Michael but we have been preparing for and celebrating it all weekend. If you are curious about learning more about how Michaelmas is celebrated in the Waldorf tradition, click here.
Friday Gracie and I went to the library and picked out a few books about dragons which we have had a fun time reading. Gracie has been wearing her sun cape we dyed a few weeks ago with our good friends, Jackie and Tristan, and pretending to fight dragons.
Saturday was the Michaelmas Festival at the local Waldorf school, Azalea Mountain. They are generous enough to open their festivals to the public and I think we will keep a tradition to attend their festivals throughout the year. It was a gorgeous Fall day just perfect for dragon fighting!
Winter can bring tougher than usual times for families with young children as the days grow shorter and colder. Especially for someone like me who can struggle to get up and get moving on even the loveliest of days. When it is chilly, all I want to do is wrap up in a blanket on the coach in front of the fire, but I have to remember that my squirrelly girl still needs to get out and play and move her body. I have really been using this festival of Michaelmas to have a dialog with myself about what my inner dragons are that I feel I need to pay special attention to right now as we head towards what some are saying is going to be a cold and blustery winter! It feels good to plan for it now so I don’t catch myself off guard and trying to find strength during the darkest time of the year.
What are some of your dragons?