Yes we are preparing ! We all know rox loves preparing , collecting , harvesting lol .
At first I was not sure to post this to our home school blog or here cause reality is our children are of course part of our everyday natural life ☺
Our home school is our life , life is our home school the two are so intertwined that at times one just cannot separate the two and this is a true blessing is it not !
We do not see our unschooled home as school but rather the world/ universe as our true gift of education freely given ☺
Is that not what Mabon Harvest is all about being thankful for these true gifts .
Some I know may wonder why a christian/ catholic celebrates ,mabon or samhain ,lughnasadh . I do not like to make this blog political or religious but merely share what we do as our family but I will say all peoples regardless of religous backgrounds celebrate thanksgivings , harvesting new life etc. Passed on seasonal celebrations regardless of religion . The moon , seasons , earth are given to all peoples . Thanksgiving in Europe based on customs from all peoples just as we celebrate many of the customs and traditions of native americans here in North America ☺
I actually prefer to celebrate the harvest time now the thanksgiving time now as we are in Canada and it is almost past harvest time .In fact frost may arrive tomorrow for all we know ☺
No one culture or religion owns the seasons , moon cycles ,earth etc.
So weather your tradition is passed on by your catholic Gaelic grandmother or starting new traditions it is a gift and we are thankful to Our blessed Creator ☺
I being me of course now know why that wonderful saint Hildegard of Bingen has been popping up lately . I've been reading much from her regarding the soul & anger and how to properly nourish such a soul .Much to do again with the element of fire , black bile & such !
So the autumn harvest Mabon the AAutumn Eequinox this leads up to one of my most fav time of year all souls day ☺ another universal festival and holy day all over the world ! Is it not beautiful how Our Creator gave too all peoples the same gifts .
So far I have not met another person who loves this smell ! Yes I do and don't tell me this flower is stinky because I completely disagree ☺
The marigold is such a vibrant colour come autumn . She reminds me of MX this time of yr. decorating altars etc. This is the secret of why many MX chickens have that yellow tinge not just from corn but yes from marigolds ! maybe that is why those MX chickens taste so great too ☺
Celebrating Irish Festivals is actually my fav out of the whole series
So books that help inspire me for these wonderful celebrations are from the Waldorf educational Festival series . Our library has these too but I couldn't resist purchasing them .
We begin collecting our items for autumn displays from the garden , beach , forest ☺I have gourds climbing up my fence right now they are so pretty against the natural wood .
I visited Christer's blog the other Day and he was making his new autumn wreath which was great because I forgot I best get cracking on that .
Of course preparing the woodpile is one of my fav activities ☺
We bring in items for all our nature tables
I love placing our festive little seasonal dolls around the home Grandson calls them green Link
This little fellow somehow made his way to Ontario with us last august and remained we had no idea how he came along ! He now resides with my Godmother !
Of course there is much harvesting rosehips, cranberry etc. for many a harvest feast
This Mabon I am so so excited because my gal pals and I are going to celebrate together .Of course there will be the moon next Thursday to help us along .
Much to eat and drink . I'm going to make Scotch pies for us( these are so good ) Thanks to Jaz for inspiration over at October Farm ☺
I'm also going to soak some corn husks so we can all make some corn dolls together , maybe some apple cider for sipping , I'm thinking to try making mini herb brooms as well
Of course there will be Momma Mary & Much Prayer as we have so much to be Thankful for ☺