I lost my post about this in the morning, so I'll try again!
beaner&tiegs, I agree with Ksenia...you DO have a gift for creating meaningful ritual within your family! That was an inspiring post about celebrating Samhain (pronounced SOW-in, right?) I should have known it would resonate with me, with my Irish/Scottish heritage and living on a farm and all.
I especially loved the graveyard visit pic-nic idea. I could just see my boys and I set up on a blanket somewhere between my brother's and Dad's graves eating some of their favourite foods and inviting them to join us! I actually teared up when I first read it. By the way, Valley View in Delta is a lovely graveyard, Ksenia, lots of gardens, big, open space and fountains and such-like. But the weather looks bad for Saturday and so we'll create something more homey. My older Ds wants to have a "no lights night" soon, to commemorate the April power outage we had here that ended up being so much fun with Snap Circuit electricity set lamps being created, candles burned and much game playing on the rug.
So, we'll turn off the lights, light some home-made beeswax candles, invite Uncle Cam and Grampa over for a dinner of our farm harvested food (even our own chicken this year!) and talk about the previous year a little and what we hope for the next.
I think it sounds grand and more meaningful than a bag full of sugar dumped on the floor after knocking on strangers' doors all night. (Yes, still cranky
) But maybe we'll do abit of that. In previous years we did what you do, widemouthedfrog, in that we kept a piece of candy a day for seven days and threw out the rest. Or one year we traded up for Playmobil. But I don't need more STUFF at the moment as the "story of stuff" goes I already have wayyyy toooo much, lol!
It sounds like things are really coming together for you, Erica, it's awesome to have found a great community. You're very fortunate...we're still struggling with that out here. It's just well, a very unusual HL community, with a different culture/climate and not-so-welcoming. A big drag. We're tempted to move rurally to the Island, but that would be such a head-ache after all of the work we've done here that I'll just bury my head back in the sand after bringing that up, lol!!!