Martinmas 2012

We had big plans for the feast of St. Martin this year. Unfortunately a nasty cold has once again invaded our home so we weren’t able to do as much as I had hoped.

We read the story of St. Martin from our copy of Saints: Lives and Illuminations and the kids coloured pictures of St. Martin from Waltzing Matilda.

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

We made simple mason jar lanterns using tissue paper and modge podge. It was perfect for our little ones. They were able to make them with very little help.

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.

Poor sick baby. Not too sick to enjoy squash and potatoes though!!!

St. Martin, pray for us!


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