My husband and I are not of the same religion; like complete opposite religions really. He is a Christian (or “Church of England”, as he would say) and I am a pagan (eclectic, but predominately Celtic based). My husband is an odd Christian though; he believes in reincarnation, past lives, and karma. While he believes in heaven, he also believes that when he dies, he’ll come back. So, yea, maybe that is why he was fine with my polar opposite of his religion. That’s not really the point of this though. The reason I had thought of it is that this weekend is a holiday for me; Lughnasadh. Now, I’ll be honest with you; I’m a lazy pagan. I cook meals for holidays (most of the time), and I’ll spend time out in nature. Really though, my spirituality as a pagan isn’t much different then that of a Christian. The main thing I do is pray. I just pray to someone different, that’s all.
Well, the point of admitting to be a lazy pagan is that I would like that to stop, sooner then later. I’ve used the excuse that I have a kid, and he’s just too young to understand any of it. He probably still is, I mean, he’ll be 3 in a couple weeks. So yea, still too young. However, I could start reading him mythology (they do make kids versions after all). He already likes being outside, and a lot of nature-y things; I could start teaching him more about them. We could do crafts related to my holidays, during those times of the year (I have 8 religious holidays a year; not including the Christian holidays we also take part in). And during those crafts, I could try to explain how it’s related to whichever pagan holiday we’re doing crafts for.
Well, this coming Saturday is Lughnasadh (some celebrate it on the 1st, some on the 2nd). It is the first of three harvest festivals, and was historically observed in Ireland, Scotland, and the Isle of Manx as the beginning of the harvest season . It’s name comes from the Irish God named Lugh, and without going into some long history to modern day practices involved with the festival, it was basically a time of feasting, blessing the fields and wells, and athletic competitions were held as well.
As it is common to have a feast during this holiday, I will be making steak (as they used to sacrifice a bull, and add it to their feast), corn (as the first corns were part of the feasts), and some other things (I’m not sure yet; potatoes, bread, etc).
When I lived in England, my husband took me to a well during this time. I would just simply put flowers on it, and say prayers. We don’t have any wells near by. However, I would like to do some crafts with my son for Lughnasadh. So, I think I will make a little well. That day, my son and I (maybe my husband too, if I can talk him into it) will go for a walk, and collect flowers, and maybe other nature goodies we find. Once home, I will tell him about well blessings, and we’ll place the flowers on the little well I’ve made for us.
Other common crafts done during this time include typical fall themed crafts, such as wreaths, corn husk dolls, making a cornucopia, corn and seed necklaces or bracelets, and many other things.
I’m not sure what else we’ll do, but I do think it’s time for me to add in some of my holiday bits into my son’s world.