Celebrating the seasons is one of my favorite things to do. I enjoy experiences, myself, and love helping others enjoy them even more and one of my favorite times of year is Mabon, or the Autumn Equinox, whatever you want to call it.
This is the time of the second harvest, when apples and pumpkins and wines are ready to partake and store for the coming months. It’s the time of hay wagons, corn mazes and evening fires. It’s the flavors of fresh bread, apple and pumpkin pies and cornbread muffins. And it is the beginning of the slow descent into winter darkness.
As early as the first of September, I begin to decorate my home in autumn splendor; Pumpkins, apples, dried colored corn cobs and gourds spread around in every nook and cranny, cornstalks on my porch columns and orange and red leaves(usually silk so they keep) tossed around apple cider and pumpkin spice candles. I’ve also gathered my herbs and hung them on the mantle and by the windows. The house smells marvelous. Each day I add a little more festivity to the house which brings a little more joy to everyone who enters.
This year we even have a resident spider who has moved onto the front of our storm door and has been building a fresh web and providing nonstop entertainment to us each day.
All of this lends to excited feelings my children get when we head to grandmas to gather apples, out to the garden to pick off the pumpkins or head to the local orchard and farm for the corn maze and fruit picking. These are great ways to spend the Autumn Equinox while teaching lessons about reaping what you sow.
Don’t forget to have a family canning and baking day to store and enjoy all of these bounties. Little ones love to help out mashing apples for apple butter and apple sauce and rolling out dough for apple dumplings and pies. http://www.lydiaglick.com/old-fashioned-apple-dumplings-amish-family-recipes/ They also enjoy pulling all the insides out of pumpkins and separating the seeds for roasting. These are great ways to get them involved and help teach valuable skills for when they are older. Make sure you include them in all of the steps no matter how much easier it would be to do it by yourself. This makes them feel included and empowers them to want to do more on their own.
After the day of work is done, take a family walk in the woods or down a country road and take in all the sights, sounds and smells of the beginning of Autumn making sure to point out all of them along the way. And then end your day as I always love to do by the fire; roasting marshmallows and eating caramel apples http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2016/10/homemade-caramel-apple-recipe.html while telling and listening to old folklore tales and ghost stories.
Hope You All Have A Happy Mabon!