Lammas, or Lughnasagh, typically falls about August 1st, or the halfway point between the Summer Solstice and the Autumn Equinox. It marks the beginning of the harvest season and even though it’s blistering hot outside still (at least in North Carolina), it’s when you can start seeing the first signs of fall such as the harvest of grain and the ripening of certain fruits.
At this time we give thanks for the abundance of the past growing season and look forward to the remaining weeks of light and warmth as we continue reaping what we have sown.Source: http://wiccaliving.com/wiccan-calendar-lammas-lughnasadh/
As fall is one of my favorite seasons, this is one of my favorite holidays to follow. I long for the days when the nights are cool and the leaves begin to change.
As with so many of the other holidays, I try to bring it to life for my son as much as possible.
Here are 5 easy ways to celebrate the harvest with your toddler.
Really you can bake anything with grains, like beer bread, bran muffins, banana nut bread or try making a delicious cobbler. I also like to use herbs from my garden in my baking (for example, rosemary for the bread).
Even though my son is only a year and a half, I try to involve him as much as possible in the kitchen. He likes to “help” me stir (though sometimes, we end up with more batter on ourselves than in the bowl) or knead the dough. Make sure that you infuse all your love and gratitude into the bread – you may even want to leave out some as an offering to the harvest spirit.
Make beeswax candles.
Since the days are getting shorter, it’s nice to have an activity that will invite the light into your lives throughout winter. For older kids, try making beexwax candles from scratch using wax, a mold, and wicks (or you can just dip your candles!).
For younger children, you can purchase beeswax sheets that allow them to simple roll up the candle around a wick. It’s a safer option compared to dealing with hot wax and the feel of the beeswax/subtle aroma is a great sensory activity. You can go with colored sheets of beeswax like these, or take a more natural approach (my preference).
Using fresh vegetables, cut them into various shapes (for example, use the lid of a pepper, a small ear of corn, or cut a carrot into the shape of a star). Sit your little one down with some washable paint, a piece of paper, and let them create art! They can use the vegetables and paint for create fun stamps!
You can also find harvest-themed coloring pages (you can usually source several for free with just a quick internet search) and let your little one go to town! If your little is anything like mine, coloring pretty much is just scribbling on a piece of paper right now, but it’ll be a fun little piece you can hang on your fridge or put near your altar.
My son loves to work out in the garden with me. Having your little one help you harvest herbs for harvest is a great way to get them involved.
You can either pick the herbs and let them dry out in the sun or tie a bunch together with a string and let it dry! They can even strip some of the herbs (such as rosemary) .
Find a sunflower field.
If you have someone near you with a sunflower field, see if they will allow you to bring a picnic or even just pick a few flowers. This is also a great time to snag some wonderful photos of your little one (or your family!).
All in all, just make sure that you have fun on this day and show your thanks to the foods that nourish you.
Another great activity, for older children, is to make corn husk dolls. I made my first doll when I was probably in middle school (?) but slightly younger children may do well at it.