I love Martinmas, this time of taking the beautiful spark of light within each of us, carefully carried from the height of summer expansiveness by the courage and bravery as seen in St. Michael, that can now light up the darkness of the earth and the human journey.
Lantern walks are a most popular way to work with the festival for all. A Lantern Walk does not even have to be a coordinated community effort; it can even be as simple and sure as walking around your own house or yard together with your lanterns. For small children, this can be just as wonderful as a community event.
There are beautiful things to file here for your next Martinmas celebration.
Here is Lily’s beautiful St. Martin (I just loved her Santa Lucia and I love her St. Martin as well! This is on my list to make for next year!): http://blockaday.com/stitching-for-martinmas/
I liked this post from Charming The Birds From The Trees: http://charmingthebirdsfromthetrees.blogspot.com/2013/11/saint-martin.html
The little story and sweets found here could also be kept in your files until next year: http://www.celebratetherhythmoflife.com/2010/11/martinmas.html
The geometric lanterns found here could be lovely for older students: http://waldorfmama.blogspot.com/2008/11/martinmas.html
This little lantern bunting is so very sweet: http://rhythmofthehome.com/2011/08/martinmas-lantern-bunting-waldorf-felt-seasonal-craft/
Finally, this post from The Magic Onions has a beautiful needle felted tapestry embedded in it, along with verses, songs and other lovely goodies: http://www.themagiconions.com/2012/11/a-thanksgiving-blessing-and-the-waldorf-tradition-of-lantern-walk.html
Great post! Carrie, I am so glad that you mentioned that it doesn’t have to be a big event. We have had years of community gatherings which are wonderful and then other years like this year where we just went within as a family. The family is the first community unit 🙂
We loved the story of The Lantern Prince and will be reading it during Martinmas time in years to come.
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