Mrs. Sharp suggests that Martinmas is a good time to give your children new sweaters, mittens, hats, or other warm clothes. It is also a good time to go through your closets to give some clothes to the poor. We had planned to do that but I was just glad we managed to get our lanterns done.
In many European countries, particularly Germnay, France, and the Netherlands, Martinmas is celebrated with a festival of lanterns,
symbolizing the light of generosity that illuminates the darkness of lack. ~Mrs. Sharp’s Traditions
I bought the pack of flameless tea lights from Costco, they were perfect under our jar lanterns and the kids thought eating dinner by lantern light was awesome. We let them take their lanterns to bed afterwards to use as a night light.