The traditions and celebrations described in this book provide an opportunity to pause and reflect on our natural world's dependence upon the cycles of the Earth and Sun. The suggested readings and activities provide a framework for celebrating what we know about these cycles and for sharing our curiosity about what we still have yet to learn, inspiring a sense of wonder about our universe and our place within it.
An actor, artist, and educator, Jim Donovan shares the traditions and practices he and his family have developed over the years in a helpful, informative, and entertaining guide for those who would like to establish their own traditions celebrating the seasons. Jim provides a step-by-step guide to celebrating the Summer and Winter Solstices. The book includes specific readings and activities accompanied by engaging photographs:
Learn how to make and decorate your own grapevine wreath, the centerpiece of the Solstice celebrations.
Follow a detailed description of how to celebrate the longest day and the longest night, including how to make special foods like the Winter Solstice Rice Loaf and how to make special Summer Solstice crafts with children.
Enjoy classic poems and original readings, selected especially for each season.
Learn about how to incorporate the cycles of nature into daily living, with many resources to start your own celebrations.