Martinmas is tomorrow and don’t worry if it completely slipped your mind. The beauty of Martinmas is that it revolves around giving. So if you haven’t figured out a lot to do with your family, don’t worry.
One of the most well known stories of St. Martin of Tours is that of being :
- Gift your family with new (to you) Warm Weather Gear – It’s the perfect time of year to make sure everyone has socks, boots, coats, hats and mittens for the season.
- Clear out your closets – Go through the old stuff and pack up what you don’t need. It’s the perfect time of year to surprise someone with bags of handmedowns or drop-off your gently used items at a Clothing Drive.
- Make a special delivery to your local Food or Clothing Pantry – Call ahead to see what’s needed and any requirements. Get your kids involved in the collection, shopping and delivery.
- Consider a Donation to your local VA, American Legion or the Wounded Warrior Project – A great project for your school aged kids is the Thank A Warrior Project.
- Attend a Veteran’s Day celebration in your area – If you have a veteran in the family, this is a great time for you kids to talk to them about how they served.
- Have a Simple Meal at Home – This could be a great opportunity to talk with older children about what they have.
- Have a Feast, and Invite Others – Perhaps you’d like to celebrate your Martinmas with the traditional Roast Goose complete with all the trimmings and stuffing’s. While you’re at it call up a neighbor or two, or maybe that young couple with the new baby, or that older couple who’s kids all moved away to share your meal with you. Don’t forget the Horseshoe cookies.
*Remember that Saint Martin gave half his cloak – this is a great reminder as we go through our closets and pantries this season.*
For a little bit of good old fun :
- How about these clever St. Martin’s Bags from Catholic Cuisine.
- Or a few St. Martin themed games from Ordinary Acts.
- Or take a page out of a Waldorf book and go on a Lantern Walk
- There are a lot of great, easy and age appropriate ways to make a Martinmas Lantern.
We had a lot of fun making our Martinmas Lantern last year.
Have a great