Halloween is over and Martinmas is next Friday, November 11. Saint Martin was a Roman soldier who cut his cloak in half to share with a beggar during a snow storm so that the beggar would not freeze to death. “That night he dreamed that Jesus was wearing the half-cloak. Martin heard Jesus say to the angels, “Here is Martin, the Roman soldier who is not baptised; he has clothed me.” (Source, Wikipedia) From a non-religious perspective, Martinmas is a time to celebrate charity by donating clothing to the poor. Martinmas also falls at the end of the harvest and during medieval times was the main harvest/Thanksgiving festival of the year. Finally, because Martinmas falls during some of the shortest days of the year, it is a time to celebrate light, hence the lanterns walks that are associated with Martinmas.
Ways to Celebrate Martinmas
Here is a list of the ways that we will be celebrating Martinmas.
- Song – Music Through the Grades: Martin Song, page 38
- Poem – The Waldorf Book of Poetry: Thanksgiving, page 84
- Seasonal Activities –
- Read this Martinmas story or tell a Lantern Walk Story
- Make a lantern following this lantern tutorial from Frontier Dreams
- Go on a local lantern walk, or you can even have your own lantern walk
- Participate in or organize a food or clothing drive
- Make Martinmas bags for your children like these Martinmas Goody Bags from Catholic Cuisine
- Make a batch of horseshoe cookies from Catholic Culture
- Or you could make this delicious Martinmas cake
- This lantern bunting would look beautiful anywhere, but I want to make one for our seasonal table
- Adults can make a lantern walk needle felted tapestry, like the beautiful one on Magic Onions
- Here are some beautiful examples of chalkboard drawings for Martinmas
Do you have any special customs for Martinmas? Have you started preparing for Thanksgiving? Is it just me, or does this autumn seem to be flying by? I hope you all have a good week!