Midsummer rolls around, it’s a great time to celebrate Sabbats with
your children – after all, the sun stays up longer, so your kids can
Ask your kids to help set up a family altar, complete with
flowers. Be sure to add lots of sun symbols as well. Have a barbeque or
bonfire, and place out bowls of strawberries, watermelons, and other
bright summery foods!
A great activity, since the Wheel of the
Year is turning once more, is to place things on the altar that we are
saying goodbye to. If you have a child who has potty-trained recently,
put a bag of pull-ups up there, or a baby bottle for a child who has
learned to drink from a sippy cup. Older kids can put last year’s
school books up there, or clothes they’ve outgrown. Even grownups can
add bad habits they’re banishing – now’s as good a time as ever to put
that pack of Marlboros to rest for good.
Set up a celestial
piñata, filled with goodies, for the kids to smash. Little ones can
make paper-plate sunflowers with some glue and a few pieces of black
and yellow construction paper. Have children decorate cupcakes with
sunny yellow frosting.
Pre-teens are just the right age to set
up a mock battle between the Oak King and the Holly King, or to
re-enact myths and legends of ancient times. Have a sing-along beside
your campfire, or teach your family and friends a new dance to
celebrate the sun.
Once the Solstice has rolled past, and the
days begin to get shorter, the Wheel turns again. Lammas takes place
before the kids have to go back to school, so take advantage of it and
use it as a teaching tool.
Decorate your altar and your home
with symbols of the early harvest, such as apples, grapes, grain and
berries. Honeybees are busiest at this time of year, so if you have a
hive in your yard, encourage the kids to watch the activity from a safe
Celebrate Lammas with games, in honor of Lugh,
the skilled craftsman. There’s no better way to break up a hot summer
than setting up a picnic with some backyard volleyball, Frisbee tosses,
a game of freeze-tag, or a family tug-of-war. Invite friends, and award
silly prizes to the winners. If August is really hot in your area, cool
things down with a big water-balloon fight.
Lammas is a good
time to look ahead, rather than worrying about the past, so invite
everyone to share their goals for the upcoming year. Even small
children can participate – this could be the year that your son learns
to tie his shoes all by himself!
Prepare a harvest feast,
and get your kids in the kitchen. Hand them chunks of bread dough, and
let them make little loaf-men for your celebration. Roast some corn on
the cob, and save the husks to make corn dollies with later on.
always tell people that one of the best things about being Pagan is
that I get to celebrate a holiday every six weeks. Besides those eight
Sabbats, though, I try to incorporate my beliefs into my day to day
activities with my family. Even if it’s something as small as taking my
kids outside to dance in the moonlight, or keeping a clean space on my
kitchen counter for ritual tools, or digging in the garden and
appreciating the smell of fresh herbs… all of those are simple things
that bring me closer to my spirituality. By sharing them with my
children, I can help them to learn, simply by observing, what it is
that I value and believe.
How do you teach your kids about being
Pagan? It’s simple – just allow them to watch you, and they will learn
by your example. Keep your spiritual path – whatever it may be – as a
part of your everyday life, and soon it will be second nature for your
And if you’re really lucky, not only will they learn
from you, but you will learn from them as well. Use your spirituality
as a background for encouraging your kids that they can believe in
magic, in faeries, in dragons and all the other things that people will
try to say do not exist. If they believe that they can fly, they will
be fearless when the time comes to spread their wings.