Reflecting On The Seasons & Waldorf Festival Dates 2014-2015

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Yesterday we woke up to our first falling snow! I could tell lately that there was a change in the air as I can feel a real sense of change these days and of going inward and delving deeper into meditation, relaxing, slowing down and just being, as the earth breathes her forces in and all of nature begins to fall into a deep sleep. I always feel intuitively connected with the seasons. Winter around here can get depressing for most people with it being so dark so early and for so many months. A lot of people are on anti-depressant medications.

Since I started my yoga practice last September and have carried it on faithfully daily, even up until now, I feel that meditation is the best anti-depressant one can take. Last night I also got back into my evening chakra clearing meditation, lit some candles and burned some incense as it was dark by 6:00 pm already and in a few days the clocks go back and it will be getting darker even earlier, eventually around 3:30 pm. I really enjoy the meditation and find that it really, really relaxes my whole being, especially after a long day with the kids. Eating a high-vibrating, healthy diet, maintaining a positive outlook and keeping busy are crucial to staying happy and healthy as well and especially great for surviving the winter months. I keep eating a high-raw vegan diet and feel this makes me the healthiest and happiest me I can be for myself, my family and for the world.

I have also been trying to go to bed earlier again and getting up earlier so that I can take the morning to homeschool plan and get yoga or a walk in before the girls wake up. With the changing season, everything about our routine changes and it is always hard to adjust to it at first. I am also really sick with a cold these days and have no voice at all (unfortunately, I got really sick on our trip last week), so I haven’t felt very productive or energetic. Still, life is beautiful and I am grateful! I decided to have a sleep over with my girls to cheer me up last night. We used to always do mommy/daughter sleep overs last winter and I do love having them with me in my room and in my bed because I know the days of having them be my children will come to an end before I know it. I cherish these moments together.

The changing seasons also get me thinking ahead to all of the things that each season brings for us. I am grateful to be able to experience all of the changing seasons of the year where we are and for our kids to grow up where there are a variety of seasons. The cold dark winter and the snow. The beautiful, budding freshness of spring. The hot, sunny summers we spend at the beach. And the colorful, cool fall we go for long walks in and collect leaves, recyclables and trash.

On our walk together yesterday morning the girls and I were talking about the different things we do in each of the different seasons. It got us all really reminiscing over the happy moments we have created together as a family and made us feel really appreciative of the four seasons we are blessed to experience and how we enjoy unique things about each of them. Instead of dreading the cold winter months to come we began to think up our favorite things about each season. Soon we were feeling very happy.

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Winter
  • ~ Sledding
  • ~ Skiing
  • ~ Baking cookies, cakes, quick breads and muffins
  • ~ Sharing our baking with family, neighbors and friends
  • ~ Snow Angels
  • ~ Snowmen
  • ~ Icicles
  • ~ Making snowballs and snow forts
  • ~ Crunchy snow underfoot on walks
  • ~ Catching snowflakes on our tongues to taste and on our mitts to look at
  • ~ Talking about how the winter fairies frost the grass and trees and make the snowflakes fall
  • ~ Cuddling up cozily in mommy’s bed to read
  • ~ Having the heater on and warming up by the heat
  • ~ Watching movies (we put the T.V away for the whole rest of the year) and having snacks while watching
  • ~ Visiting Grandparents
  • ~ Playing Board Games
  • ~ Christmas/Christmas Baking
  • ~ Putting up and decorating the Christmas tree
  • ~ Christmas dance recital and Christmas costumes
  • ~ Seeing the Christmas lights and decorations put up all over town
  • ~ Seeing the Christmas trees in other people’s houses when we go out walking and counting how many we find
  • ~ Playing “kick the snow chunk, ” as we walk.
  • ~ Mandarin oranges and grapes are in abundance
  • ~ Organic candy canes and candy
  • ~ New flavors of tea come out for the holiday season
  • ~ Baking lots of soup and bread for lunch and dinner/more heavy, warming and filling meals

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 Spring
  • ~ The ice melts and the bridge is put back over the river
  • ~ We get to take walks around the river over the bridge again
  • ~ It is easier for us all to get outside, no more hats, mitts, boots, winter jackets and snow pants
  • ~ Seeing the first buds of leaves begin to form on the trees
  • ~ Watching the lilacs begin to bloom on our lilac bush
  • ~ Counting the robins we see when we walk
  • ~ Seeing the geese return after their migration
  • ~ Playing “Don’t step on the goose poop” as we walk by the river on the river path
  • ~ Watching the sun stay out later and later
  • ~ Warmth
  • ~ Light
  • ~ Fresh new feelings and anticipation of summer and the outdoor things we can now do
  • ~ Side walk chalk
  • ~ Bubbles
  • ~ Ladybugs
  • ~ Making Iced tea
  • ~ Making Popsicles
  • ~ New recipes using fruits and veggies/eating more cooling foods

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 Summer
  • ~ Hours of bright sunlight
  • ~ Flowers in full bloom
  • ~ Feeling lulled into a dream and relaxed to the utmost
  • ~ An abundance of berries are out
  • ~ Swimming at the beach
  • ~ Going to Grandma’s lake and spending hours swimming and visiting
  • ~ Endless ours of outdoor play
  • ~ Camping trips
  • ~ Bonfires
  • ~ Late nights
  • ~ Mosquitoes (don’t look forward to these, but they come with summer)
  • ~ Dragons
  • ~ Butterflies
  • ~ Peonies bloom by our front door
  • ~ The girls spend hours outside and on the play structure
  • ~ Sun hats
  • ~ Frequent walks and stops at the school playground since school is out
  • ~ Sitting by the river and soaking up the sun
  • ~ The rides come to town
  • ~ Swimming lessons
  • ~ Banana Ice Cream
  • ~ Watermelon
  • ~ Berry Picking

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Fall

  • ~ Seeing the changing leaves and all the beautiful colors that the fairies create
  • ~ Talking about how the fairies paint the leaves and the wind fairies blow them down from the trees
  • ~ Apples are in abundance
  • ~ Cinnamon is lovely in anything
  • ~ Pumpkins come out in abundance now to carve or use in recipes
  • ~ We start to bake and cook more
  • ~ Gathering acorns on the walk to play with and create acorn families (the girls love to play with the acorns)
  • ~ Watching it get darker earlier every night
  • ~ Harvesting our garden
  • ~ Corn is in abundance
  • ~ Homeschool year begins
  • ~ Michaelmas
  • ~ The geese fly south to migrate
  • ~ The bridge gets taken down by the river
  • ~ The days begin to shorten more and more

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There are also so many festivals to celebrate. I created this post to keep them all in an organized order and to share with those who could benefit from having a calendar like this to refer to.

September

    • 1 – Labor Day
    • 11 – Patriot Day
    • 23 – Autumn Equinox and Mabon
    • 29 – Michaelmas

October

    • 4 – Eid al-Adha
    • 8 – Full Moon (5:50 am)
    • 13 – Thanksgiving
    • 23 – New Moon (4:56 pm)
    • 31 –Halloween and Samhain

November

    • 1 – All Saints’ Day
    • 2 – All Souls’ Day, Daylight Savings Time Ends
    • 4 – Election Day (United States)
    • 6 – Full Moon (4:22 pm)
    • 11 – Martinmas and Veteran’s Day
    • 22 – New Moon (6:32 am)
    • 23 – Diwali
    • 27 – Thanksgiving (United States)
    • 30 – Advent Sunday

December

    • 4 – Saint Barbara’s Day
    • 6 – Saint Nicholas Day, Full Moon (6:27 am)
    • 13 – Saint Lucia Day
    • 16 – Hanukkah starts
    • 21 – Winter Solstice/Yule, New Moon (7:36 pm)
    • 24 – Christmas Eve and Hanukkah Ends
    • 25 – Christmas
    • 26 – Saint Stephen’s Day/Boxing Day and Kwanzaa begins
    • 31 – New Year’s Eve

January

  • 4 – Full Moon (10:54 pm)
  • 5 – Twelfth Night
  • 6 – Epiphany and Three Kings’ Day
  • 19 – Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • 20 – New Moon (7:14 am)

February

  • 2 – Candlemas and Groundhog’s Day (United States)
  • 3 – Full Moon (5:10 pm)
  • 14 – Saint Valentine’s Day
  • 17 – Pancake Day, Shrove Tuesday, Fat Tuesday, and Mardi Gras
  • 18 – New Moon (5:49 pm)
  • 18 – Ash Wednesday (Lent begins)
  • 19 – Chinese New Year

March

  • 5 – Purim
  • 5 – Full Moon (12:06 pm)
  • 17 – Saint Patrick’s Day
  • 20 – Spring Equinox and Ostara,
  • 20 – New Moon (4:38 am)
  • 29 – Palm Sunday

April

  • 1 – April Fool’s Day
  • 2 – Maundy Thursday and Lent ends
  • 3 – Good Friday and Passover begins
  • 4 – Full Moon (7:07 am)
  • 5 – Easter
  • 11 – Passover ends
  • 18 – New Moon (1:39 pm)
  • 22 – Earth Day
  • 24 – Arbor Day

May

  • 3 – Full Moon (10:44 pm)
  • 5 – Cinco de Mayo
  • 10 – Mother’s Day (United States)
  • 14 – Ascension Day
  • 17 – New Moon (11:15 pm)
  • 24 – Whitsun and Pentecost
  • 25 – Memorial Day (United States)

June

  • 2 – Full Moon (11:21 am)
  • 16 – New Moon (9:07 am)
  • 18 – Ramadan begins
  • 20 – Midsummer Eve
  • 21 – Summer solstice and Father’s Day (United States)
  • 24 – Saint John’s Day

July

  • 1 – Canada Day
  • 1 – Full Moon (9:22 pm)
  • 15 – New Moon (8:26 pm)
  • 16 – Ramadan ends
  • 17 – Eid al-Fitr

August

    • 1 – Lammas and Lughnasadh
    • 15 – Assumption Day

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4 thoughts on “Reflecting On The Seasons & Waldorf Festival Dates 2014-2015

  1. wonderful memories! Love the contrast of seasons! Where I grew up there were only 2 seasons, really hot and not as hot, So now I live where we have all four and it is glorious! Great post!

  2. Loved the post and the way you have described the seasons. I loved the picture of your house with snow all around. Snow on Autumn ‘s eyelashes look so beautiful.
    Every season gets lots of new things with it. I look forward to going back to India in winter and enjoy winter mornings of sitting in the sun and eating lots of warm heavy stuff we can’t eat where we stay. Some things are meant for winters.
    My kids love to wear the winter clothes. They find them comforting 😊

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