The wheel of the year turns. Children seek to understand their place in time and space, and the meaning of it all. We offer signposts to show the way, with traditions that warm the heart and help make sense of who we are, what we have come to do, and when we do it.
Whatever your spiritual practice or beliefs, you feel a longing to grasp a moment, a tradition, or an event from our shared human history, one that can be remembered and savored. While you are creating memories and having fun with the child in your care, you are also offering her an anchor to be grasped and a growing familiarity with the signs of the seasons' progression.
In our neck of the woods, spring celebrations may include St. Patrick's Day, Easter, Spring Solstice, and May Day.
Summer celebrations may include Whitsun, Summer Solstice, Midsummer's Day, 4th of July, and Lammas.
Autumn celebrations may include the Autumn Equinox, Michaelmas, All Hallow's Eve, All Saints Day, All Soul's Day, Martinmas, and Thanksgiving.
Winter celebrations may include Advent, St. Nicholas Day, Winter Solstice, Christmas, New Year's, Epiphany, Candlemas, Valentine's Day, and Lent.
And then, there are milestones to mark, such as birthdays and new teeth!
How will you celebrate? It may be as simple as a special meal together, or as extravagant as a community feast. Start small, with a story, a special recipe, a handmade decoration. As you become accustomed to bringing traditions to your child, they will grow and take on a life of their own in your family history.