We're crafting up a storm here which is a bit unusual. It's been fun to spend time with the kids preparing for Samhain. I'm still trying to make plans for the family aside from our usual Halloween-type stuff. I'm still thinking of going with our usual stuff on the 31st (dinner with my family, trick-or-treating, etc) and then following that up with a special dinner with just dh and the kids the day after. Roast chicken, root veg, dinner rolls, and the pumpkin cupcakes I found on SmittenKitchen that we absolutely adore.
Along those lines...what do you do for Sabbats and non-pagan family - especially if you aren't particularly out about your faith. When it comes to things like Halloween/Samhain, Christmas/Yule, and Ostara/Easter do you have dual celebrations? In some ways I can see where those celebrations will be a bit simplified for us - especially since dh has the Solstice off this year, but not Christmas Eve/Day. We could do something really special and he won't feel so left out as our big celebration has already taken place. I've also been thinking about getting a copy of "Sabbat Entertaining" by Willow Polson for a Martha Stewart-esque take on the holidays.
Anyway, I'd love to hear what others are doing.
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Remember to set a place for your ancestor(s) at your Sabbat table! Especially with littles. Ask them if there are any relatives that have passed that they want to remember. Put a photo of hir at the "empty" place.
Non-Pagan family-- well, ds and I have our holy day celebrations as close to the day as we can. Then we do the secular holidaying with family on those days. For instance, we do family things on Winter Solstice, just the two of us (we're a 2-person family, ds and I) and then we often go to my Mom's on Christmas. She is involved with her church, so she does choir and what-not and leaves early on Christmas Eve to do those things. DS and I read "The Night Before Christmas" and "Silver Berries and Christmas Magic" http://www.rosiehippo.com/p-123-silver-berries-christmas-magic-60-off.aspx and then go to bed. Christmas morning, we have the Big Gift Extravaganza
This year, I think my brother and his two dd's are coming to Mom's as well.
Did anybody see my post about that? Someone please give me some idea as to what to get for them! They won't appreciate it anyway, probably, but ds and I need to make the gesture, at least
Oh, our family Solstice: I know I have posted it before. It's in the archives somewhere. But I make a Sun Bread http://www.amazon.com/Sun-Bread-Elisa-Kleven/dp/0142400734/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1319203776&sr=8-1 and on Solstice morning, we get up just before sunrise. Quietly, we wait for Him to make his appearance, and when He does, we open the sparkling cider, throw Him up bits of bread, and dance and sing and make a big hoopla! Then we go in, have a small gift or two (stockings), usually homemade, and later we have a Feast.
Samhain: We talk about the family tree-- once when ds was about 4, I made a giant poster of our family tree back two-three generations, with Xeroxed photos of people on the branches. We don't have it anymore. This year I might draw out a simpler one on computer paper so that ds gets the relationships better. His father and mine are both deceased, and he gets mixed up as to whose dad, when I mention either of them. And he gets mixed up as to his half sister, his two cousins (my brother's girls), and our old babysitter, all of whom are roughly the same age.
We don't have a dumb supper-- ds couldn't shut up for 5 seconds, let alone 5 minutes, or a whole meal. But we do choose one ancestor and set a place for them, leaving little bits of the Feast on their plate, and sometimes making a meal of their favorite foods (even if they don't go, lol).
I go to the public rituals on most holy days.
DOK: Hope you feel up to par, soon. Maybe you could do some small ritual around your uterus, later, when you are feeling better? You know, some small release-type-thing.