"As the dark of winter gathers, and as affairs of the world seem grave,
we are reminded of the power of courage, of hope, and of gratitude for the gift of life."
Over the last few years we have slowly been adding some festivals to our year; this year we decided to add Michaelmas. We invited another family over to celebrate with us and had the most wonderful afternoon. We decided to keep the festival on the light side with more of a harvest celebration and some outdoor fun.
Sitting around the fire roasting apples, eating popcorn, making corn husks dolls and playing find the hidden corn on the cobs around the yard was how we began the afternoon. I then shared a little story about a dragon who had been setting fires in the forest and how he was convinced to stop and instead use his fire to help the forest gnomes make bread for Michaelmas and then we all shared a little gratitude before enjoying a meal of homemade soup and bread.
It was a simple celebration, one that will grow and deepen in meaning as the years go by.