The kids and I have been getting ready to celebrate Imbolc. Imbolc is a pagan celebration to commemorate the beginning of the return of the sun. It's starting to say goodbye to winter, and to welcome spring to come back and revive the plants. The actual holiday takes place on February 2nd (just like Groundhog's Day), and we will have a big, fun meal, and play some games and activities. Today in preparation, we made magic wands. On Imbolc we will walk around the garden with our wands, and encourage the plants to wake up, so our garden can begin again.
I went out this morning, and cut branches off of a large limb that fell in our yard before we moved in. Dad had drug the limb to the side of the yard until it's warm enough to chop it up, and I took the loppers and gathered several "wands" for us to decorate. We used a lot of paint -- always popular around here.
We also had a lot of fun with beads, ribbon, stones, and bits of leather. I think the wands ended up being very beautiful, and each different and unique in their own way. They will play a lovely role in our celebration of Imbolc.
(left to right) Mom's, Angus's, Wednesday's, and Zhara's