Anchor: a person or thing that can be relied on for support, stability, or security; mainstay: Hope was his only anchor.
When we work to become the author of own family life, we take on the authority to provide our spouse and children and ourselves stability. An effective way to do this is through the use of rhythm. If you have small children, it takes time to build a family rhythm that encompasses the year. If you are homeschooling older children and also have younger children not ready for formal learning, the cycle of the year through the seasons and through your religious year becomes the number one tool you have for family unity, for family identity, for stability.
Ah, month of October, I love you so! I love fall and October is so lovely here in the Deep South. Apples and pumpkins are in full swing, the leaves are finally starting to turn yellow and red, the temperatures are still warm during the day (around 70 degrees Farenheit) but the nights are cool enough for an extra blanket on the bed.
These are the festivals that are my anchors this month:
October 4th- Blessing of the Animals and the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi
October 18 – St. Luke the Evangelist (I feel especially close to St. Luke).
October 31 – Halloween is my least-favorite holiday of the entire year (Ba! Humbug! LOL), but I love All Saints Day and All Souls Day and those are very important feast days in the liturgical year, so I am looking forward to those days and preparing for those days at the end of this month. I don’t really decorate for Halloween, but the children do go trick or treating.
Ideas for Celebration:
Much of our celebrating is tied up with our parish this year from the Blessing of the Animals for the Feast Day of St. Francis to our children singing in two Divine Liturgies on All Saints Day to remembering our loved ones on All Souls Day. A month of doing in community!
For ideas about a fall October circle and stories for the little ones, please see the post in last October’s Monthly Anchor Points here.
If you need a post about celebrating Halloween in the Waldorf home, try this back post.
If you need a post about All Saints Day and All Souls Day celebrations, look here.
Pumpkin bread and pumpkin muffins
Homemade bone broths with nutritive herbs
Taking care of the birds
Gathering photographs of loved ones in preparation for All Saints Day/All Souls Day
Buying bulbs to plant in the ground for spring
The Domestic Life:
This is the time where I really start making more bone broths and infuse it with herbs – dandelion root, burdock, astragalus. A suggestion was made today to add echinacea to it as well, so I am going to try that!
Changing bed linens to flannel sheets and adding blankets and thicker comforters
Stocking up on birdseed
Making sure we all have hats, gloves, snow gear and boots for winter
Gathering the books for this month’s Saints
Thinking ahead to Thanksgiving and Advent
What are you working on this month as your anchor points?
Oh, Carrie, I detest Halloween, too! I hate having my children exposed to gory and disgusting images everywhere they turn. I used to dislike the entire month of October for that reason! Now I can see the beauty of the season, but I really wish Halloween were a more uplifting holiday.
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Greetings from Canada! I’ve been quietly reading your blog over the past few months and find much inspiration. I was so happy to read your comment today because I thought I was the only parent in the world who find Halloween so disheartening. The gruesome “decorations” abound in our neighbourhood and I try to inspire the beauty of fall and harvest for my children instead of the grotesque and candy-hungry greed! Thank you for the great reminder of other things to celebrate. 🙂
So nice to have you here!