Making candles, telling stories, having dinner by candlelight. That has been our simple formula for celebrating Candlemas over the years. Candlemas, or February 2, is the halfway point between Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox. The light is returning!
Want to make candles? Check out this post where I share how to make 4 different kinds of candles in this post, Making Candles for Candlemas, along with a candle-making verse.
The story of Brigid is ideal for early February and hearkens back to ancient times. Brigid is believed to visit homes and bless the family and animals who dwell there and her special feast day is February 1st.
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This very sweet book, Brother Wolf, Sister Sparrow: Stories About Saints and Animals, has a beautiful story of “Saint Brigid and the Cow.”
This book would be a great resource for sharing saint stories throughout the year on each saint’s feast day if you’d prefer that over doing a main lesson block on the saints. There are twelve sweet stories in this book, each about a different saint and their animal companions with their feast days listed at the end.
For Candlemas: after an afternoon of making candles, followed by a lovely supper and the story of Brigid by candlelight, perhaps a family game night or getting out the photo album of when Mom and Dad were little would be a great family activity.
If Candlemas day be fair and bright,
Winter will take another flight.
If Candlemas day be cloud and rain,
Winter is gone and will not come again.
Happy (almost) halfway point!