Here in the Northern Hemisphere and the United States, we are full of celebrations this week. Today is Father’s Day, so Happy Father’s Day to all my dad readers, and tomorrow is Summer Solstice. Our family is celebrating St. Alban on the 22nd, and the 24th is the Feast of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist, affectionately referred to as “St. John’s Tide” by many and in Waldorf Education.
Here are some quick and simple ideas for celebrating Summer Solstice:
I love making little medallions of beeswax and giving them as gifts. It is not difficult. Melt the yellow beeswax just like for candle- dipping but instead melt the beeswax into candy molds and put a yarn loop into the top before it hardens . Little sun molds would be wonderful, and you can hang them from a beautiful branch.
Cut lemons in vases with flowers can be lovely for decorating the table.
If you are looking for something sweet to eat, how about lemon-curd filled cupcakes? There is also this recipe for honey cookies that could be delicious!
When our girls were little, I often would set out miniature gifts from the fairies on Midsummer’s Night for them to find in the morning. There are sweet little ideas at The Silver Penny. Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream could be fun reading as well for older children.
For crafts ideas with children, how about making dragonflies and butterflies?
I know some also have bonfires and such for Midsummer; in our family we tend to try to do this on St. John’s Tide. That day, to me, is also a time to set new intentions and to write the bad things that have happened during the year down on a piece of paper or our weaknesses and let it go in the fire. Sometimes a stone is thrown into the center of the fire with a special prayer; sometimes the embers of the fire are for folks to jump over in gaining strength for a new endeavor or for cultivating new character traits. Again, some do this at the Summer Solstice but we do it on St. John’s Tide.