Autumn is my most favourite time of the year, between now and Halloween is just magical to me.
Snuggly evenings, more time to work on crafts, more tea..perfect!
I personally don’t follow any religion….Or as the saying goes Nature is my religion and the Earth is my Temple…(An overused slightly cheesy quote, I know…but true, haha!)
We bring the kids up to respect nature, look after nature and find enjoyment and magic in nature.
One of the ways we like to do this is acknowledging and celebrating the wheel of the year and honouring the Earth’s natural cycles.
The Autumn equinox, along with the Spring equinox…is a time again of balance between dark and light. But now we are moving from light to darkness, from warmth into cold.
The Autumn equinox is a time to give thanks and enjoy the harvest summer has brought to us, a time to pause and wine thanks, count our blessings.
I thought I would share with you some simple ideas to celebrate the equinox with your children.
I love how celebrating the wheel of the year brings solid rhythm to the year.
So here are my plans…
I use the word feast very lightly.
You can make this elaborate or as simple as you like.
If you grow your own fruit/veg this is a lovely way to celebrate by making something with your goodies.
A simple homemade fruit pie would be lovely to share on the equinox, giving thanks to the Earth for its fruits.
You could make a loaf of bread together, adding leaf decorations.
If you don’t have access to your own/foraged fruit, the Saturday before the equinox would be great time to visit a farmers market and see the beautiful harvest. You could let the kids choose a few items to add to your feast.
Nature/ Foraging Walk
What an amazing time of the year to take some beautiful walks in nature.
Collect all kinds of nature’s treasures. I have been taking our toys outside and having lots of fun.
Look for berries to add to your fruit pies, pretty leaves to bring inside, pinecones to do some Autumnal crafts.
Fill up a flask with a lovely warm drink and enjoy being together in nature.
We will most certainly be heading out to spend time in nature on the equinox, hopefully it will involve fire and marshmallows!
Make a Nature Table.
This is something I like to do all year round. A special little space dedicated to nature’s goodies.
The Autumn nature table is always the most beautiful.
I’ll be making ours over the next few days, ready for the equinox.
Collect leaves on your walk to display here. We have a celebration ring that I decorate accordingly, you can buy one or make your own.
This can also be used to display autumn crafts.
This is our Autumnal shelf display.
I’ve added some of our favourite books to read together over the coming weeks.
They are hundreds of places you can turn to for this, so I won’t go on. I’d just like to share my favourite craft for this time of year.
I love to make Autumn lanterns to welcome in the darker evenings.
They are so simple but so beautiful.
All you need is….
A glass jar
A tealight / beeswax candle
Autumn leaves – the prettier the better!
You just glue your leaves to the jar (you can also use tissue paper too) and place the candle inside for a beautiful warm glow.
This will look perfect on your nature table too!
Create a little time and space to express gratitude. Maybe over your harvest feast or on your nature walk.
Talk about what you are thankful for, each other, the colours, anything!
I will take a jar (love reusing glass jars, haha!)
Each one of us (who are old enough!) will write something down we are thankful for and place it in the jar.
I will leave the jar somewhere we see everyday, with strips of paper and a pencil. My hope is that by Yule/ Christmas the jar is full. On Yule we will open the jar and read them aloud.
This is a lovely way to begin the festive celebrations too.
I’d love to know how you celebrate/ acknowledge the Autumn equinox….
Thank you for reading,