Michaelmas, or the Feast of St. Michael the Archangel, is coming soon! September 29, to be exact.
Michaelmas has always been tricky for us. It is both Nicholas’s birthday and Michael’s nameday, and each celebration has its own family traditions. It was hard to fit St. Michael in there as well! But it’s always felt like such an important holiday to mark and I’ve always struggled with not giving it due attention. This year, with my Michael gone off to college, it finally occurred to me– we don’t have to do it the same day as Nick’s birthday. We can do it the day before or the day after. The Waldorf police will not come and get us. And if they try, they won’t find us, because on Nick’s birthday we will be at a “slumber party screening” of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.
So, do you have Michaelmas plans? Are you ready to make some? Because I have some great ideas for you!
First, I have an entire Pinterest board full of Michaelmas ideas. I will try and go through later this week and make sure there are no dead links, but there are some really cute ideas on there.
Here on Seasons of Joy I have some links as well.
- Here is a recipe for Michaelmas Harvest Loaf. It was a bust for us, but maybe one of you can unlock the secret to making it yummy!
- And here is a Michaelmas Harvest Song.
- You can find a beautiful Michaelmas story and song by Christine Natale here.
And I did a series a while back on Michaelmas for grown ups, called Slaying the Dragons. It was important to me then and I think it’s something I will revisit during that week. The five-part series included
- Slaying the Dragon of Guilt
- Slaying the Dragon of Fear of Failure
- Slaying the Dragon of Fear of Success
- Slaying the Dragon of Anger
- Slaying the Dragon of Perfectionism
And now some new stuff!
- Happy Hedgehog Post is no longer on Etsy, but she does have both a Facebook page and an online storefront that looks absolutely lovely. This is NOT an affiliate link. If you sign up for her email list, you can get a 10% coupon. I am so tempted to use it on a September envelope! She also has this adorable dragon kit.
- If you want to go deep, you can get both Steiner’s Michaelmas and the Soul Forces of Man (or read it for free online here) as well as the Michaelmas Introductory Reader (available free online, at least in part, here.)
- Beyond the Rainbow Bridge is a great go-to book if you are new to celebrating the yearly festivals with children, as is Festivals, Families, and Food.
- To read with children, I would love to have a copy of The Prince and the Dragon! I never saw it before researching this blog post, but it looks wonderful. I am intrigued by The Dragon Boy series as well and am considering getting the first one for Nick for his birthday.
- And of course there’s the ever popular wooden sword and shield!
- Oddly enough, you can also get #michaelmas water bottles and shirts on Amazon, but that’s bizarre so I am not even linking, lol.
I’ll post more as the planning continues. I hope you’ll share your plans here in the comments or on the Seasons of Joy Facebook page as well.