Welcome to Barbarah’s Blog. If you’ve been practicing any of the earlier three teachings, you’ve come to know and even change things that have been obstacles in your life. Congratulations. Now it’s time for a short break and celebration.
My friend Kalista owns and operates a Waldorf school and a Waldorf-based program for home schoolers. Celebrations are part of the Waldorf teaching tradition that children and parents love.
Kalista is doing a Michaelmas celebration at her school. It’s such an uplifting addition to Autumn that you might like to try it.
A RENEWAL OF MICHAEL-MAS FESTIVALS PUTS AN ANCIENT SPIN ON FALL HOLIDAYS
As we move into Autumn, stores are filled with signs of Halloween. Costumes, home decorations, specially packaged candy and ideas for parties seem to get more attention each year.
While children love the idea of Halloween, there’s an ancient holiday that continues to be celebrated at this time of year in Northern Europe, England and recently in small schools and homes in this country–Michaelmas, the Feast of St. Michael, the Archangel.
Michaelmas, celebrated since the Middle Ages at the autumn equinox, is on September 29th, but can be celebrated within a week before or after this date. The holiday celebrates the courage of the Archangel, St. Michael, seen as the protector against dark forces.
Harvest festivals with costumes, games and songs and the reading and even acting out of the tale of George and the Dragon all honor St. Michael and teach children the value of courage.
Family, food that warms the bones on these chilly days and evenings, hot apple cider, hot chocolate, and sweet treats, all add to the spirit of this holiday.
Michaelmas celebrations were traditionally held outdoors, but they work as well indoors, if that’s your preference.
Consider putting an old-but-new focus on Autumn with the joyful and meaningful elements of this holiday. Your celebration can be as simple as songs and games that honor courage–or Google Michaelmas Celebrations for many wonderful ideas and recipes.
Shining a new light on the expected is another way of Living With Spirit.
P.S. Our next Barbarah’s Blog focuses on dream reading. I hope you’ll join me!
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