St Martin, Wears A Warm Red Cloak

Martinmas has become my favorite festival ,outside from celebrating traditional holidays, there is SO much more than what meets the eye. I thought I would post a few ideas for this weeks celebrations. Here are some links I posted from last year. Here is the beautiful story I share with The Little’s before we make our lanterns. Miss Sky and I are also working on the lovely Saint Martin song ,Marsha Johnson wrote, with our penny whistles (the song can be found by searching the Waldorf Home Educators yahoo group files # 18825).

I loved studying the saints in second grade with Miss Sky (and can’t wait to do them again with Little Sis) I found it quite interesting to see which ones spoke the most to her. I also found it interesting that each one (she can still tell you who they are today) had the same theme of “never give up”, which is complete opposite of her sanguine temperament. But what I loved the most is what I found out about myself. One that spoke very near to my soul was Blessed Frederick Ozanam and these words that I have hanging on the refrigerator as a reminder “What do you do besides talk to prove the faith you claim is in you?”

I have dreams of doing many things to help the homeless but right now, having young children and not wanting to expose them to the horrible truth, the time just isn’t right. So as a family we find other ways we can help do our part. For starters we have a local bakery that takes donations such as hats, blankets, scarves, and mittens and delivers them to the homeless around our area. Supporting her bakery also helps because she takes food to them as well. We also have several soup kitchens, and shelters that are always in need of help too.

For this years family project we have brought back the blessing jar but this time, starting this week till the week of Thanksgiving, we will be exchanging the gems for money to donate to our local soup kitchen.

We have SO much to be thankful for everyday and it could very well have been our family that was in need of help this year when Papa lost his job. We will also start reading The Family Under The Bridge again by Natalie Savage Carlson once we finish up our OZ book.

Other ideas we have this week are to bake cookies to share with our neighbors. Living in such a high-tech world it is nice to unplug for a while and have a “real” talk with friends over tea (and cookies :)).

I hope some of these ideas can be of use to help get those creative juices flowing and I would love to hear what your family is doing this year for Martinmas.

Wishing you all much love and light as we prepare to enter into a season of darkness.



One Response to “St Martin, Wears A Warm Red Cloak”

  1. The Thankful Coat « Our Journey 'Round the Mulberry Bush Says:

    […] I lead¬† into this lesson earlier in the week by starting The Family Under The Bridge. It amazes me how much more Miss Sky understands the story this year compared to last. We have been talking about it all week and she has volunteered to add this months allowance to the donation next week. […]

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