Two Easy Ways to Help your Family Connect with Nature’s Rhythms and Seasons

‘The sunlight fast is dwindling,
My little lamp needs kindling,
It’s beam shines far in darkest night
Dear Lantern guard me with your light’
(From p107, Festivals Family and Food, Carey and Large.)


Here in the Netherlands. SinterMaartin is a really big deal.  It’s the Dutch equivalent of Halloween.  Kids make their own lanterns and then go around their neighbourhood singing in exchange for sweets.   We love the festival.  My girls love making their lanterns and look forward to it every year.

If you’re interested in learning more about Sintermaartin and some of the other family festivals I mention here and on my other blog I highly recommend this Festivals, Family and Food as well as All Year Round.  They’ve both really helped us to connect with the rhythms of the seasons and create our own family rituals.

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