Is it just me, or have we had enough winter already? January and February can be so looong! I’m definitely welcoming Imbolc, the mid-winter holiday that looks eagerly forward to Spring.
This celebration is not a well-known holiday, at least it wasn’t for me until recently, but I have definitely come to embrace it as my own. For me, it is a time to renew my sure hope that Spring is coming very soon, and these short, dreary, cold days will be behind us.
I think Imbolc comes at the perfect time, around February 1st or 2nd, depending on which tradition you follow, which is right between the two dreariest months of the year. It is also halfway between the winter solstice (~December 20, shortest day of the year) and the spring equinox (~March 20). It’s a time to remember that the sun is surely returning to us to spread its life giving warmth throughout the land once again!! Read more about Imbolc and the different ways to celebrate here.
This eagerness for Spring is marked in many different ways across different cultures. I am most familiar with Groundhog Day, which tries to predict how much more winter we can expect depending on whether the groundhog sees his shadow or not. But observing groundhogs seems less than exciting to me, and really not a fitting celebration for something so magnificent as the return of Spring.
Instead, here is a sparkling, magical way to celebrate that I plan to implement this year: I am going to make magic wands with my grandchildren that we will then use to take around the yard and wake up all the spring fairies and sleeping vegetation. (This idea was posted on a group forum that I read, and the source was unknown)
Magic Wands to Wake Up Spring photo
For this fun activity, each person makes a magic wand from straight sticks found in the forest outside, and then we glue or tie on a variety of decorations, such as streamers, sparkles, jingle bells. The crowning jewel of the wand can be an acorn.
Waking up the Spring Fairies photo
Avery, Kelsea, & Shaunoff to wake up Spring photo
Then everybody takes their wand and we go all around the yard and through the forests and into the meadow, tapping the trees and plants, shaking our jingly magic wand, and say “Wake up, wake up from Winter’s sleep!” The Spring fairies will hear us and wake up also, then they will sprinkle magic fairy dust all through the land.
Then in a few weeks we will begin to see purple and yellow flowers poking curious heads through the ground. The trees will swell with cotton candy blossoms. The whole world will turn the softest shade of green.
Spring WILL return!! I can’t wait!
4 Responses to “Time to wake up the Spring Fairies!!”
- # Lindy on 02 Feb 2008 at 1:34 pm
I love that you include the nature celebrations in your blogging.
- # tammy on 02 Feb 2008 at 5:22 pm
You’re welcome!! So good to hear from you.
I see you’ve started blogging too. Your soup sounds yummy!!
- # Laura on 09 Feb 2008 at 4:21 pm
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- # tammy on 14 Feb 2008 at 11:44 am
Glad you like it, Laura! Thanks for reading