Midsummer Memory Making

We have some special visitors coming to stay very soon. My cousin Johanna, her partner Jordan and their little Mary. Tomorrow is the Summer Solstice but, as Johanna has put in a request that we have a fairy picnic with the little girls, we will be postponing our midsummer celebrations until the 24th or 25th of June.

I haven't really written about how I prepare for celebrations in our home before and the truth of the matter is, it's often been a little bit haphazard. In the past I tended to make a mental note of an upcoming festival, do a little bit of googling and writing of ideas, in a little notebook, of things I'd like to do and then promptly forget all about it until the day before or even the actual day. I then scramble to cobble something together vaguely based on my original ideas and whilst it's usually fine, I'm never sure it's really been clear to the girls that this day is a special day - set apart from the other day to day days.
I have used some really simple ways to mark a special day in the past. The one that is most clear to my girls, at their young age, is dusting off the candlesticks and lighting candles at dinnertime. They talk about it for days afterwards, so I know it makes an impact.
Sometimes, that's enough, but now that the girls are getting older and more capable of understanding wider concepts I want to try and make a bigger deal of things. Also, the extra time my parental leave is affording means I might be able to pull off a few more plans than usual! Maybe...

Side Note:It's difficult to write about this stuff without explaining what it is we celebrate exactly. I don't really like getting into the definitions and the whys of it, because it always gets into a religious debate, and I don't really care for religious debate. Suffice to say, we prefer to mark our calendar with the ancient Celtic seasonal festivals: Imbolg, Spring Equinox, Bealtaine, Summer Solstice, Lughnasadh, Autumn Equinox, Samhain and Winter Solstice and celebrate the seasons as they shift and change. 
So plans for Summer Solstice celebrations are formulating.

  • We will go for a walk and use whatever we find to refresh the Nature Table
  • We will craft some sunshiney decorations and hang them up
  • We might light a small bonfire, but if we don't, we will definitely light candles
  • If I can find cheap wooden birdhouses we will decorate them and make fairy houses for the little wooden fairies I scored for next to nothing here (I seriously love that shop) The fairies might just magically appear overnight.... regardless of houses...
  • We will decorate the little plain wooden fairy wands I scored at this crazy discount shop with gaudy gems and glitter paint.
  • We will wear flower crowns and take a picnic of fairy wand fruit kebabs, fairy cakes and maybe even flower sandwiches to a 'fairy forest' and hopefully feel the midsummer sun on our faces!
  • We will make memories, and hopefully create new family traditions.... and then Jo and I will have a large glass of wine... or two... and chat into the small hours....
I can't wait!

P.S. There are more gorgeous ideas for fairy parties here and summer solstice celebrations here.

4 comments

  1. Love this! I love taking my own childhood rituals and adding to them to make memories for my children. Candles at dinner is such a simple starting point for a day we haven't really marked in our house so far - love it!

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  2. I love this idea. I think I might have to mark it in our house too. I love the idea of fairies. We used to play in a wood that we called Fairy land. We even made them swings. I light candles for dinner for birthday and special days. My daughter loves it. Lovely post!

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  3. Thanks ladies! Yes, candles are so special for children and it's such an easy and cheap thing to do - so that's a bonus!

    Caroline, Fairy Land sounds amazing. I hope my girls do things like that when they're older... I'll be joining them, I love miniature things!

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