I was talking to Erin the other day about our plans to celebrate Samhain (pronounced sow-in). I’m sure she’ll blog about her own plans, but I wanted to say how sad I felt after our conversation. I was sad because it made me realise that we don’t have anyone that we can celebrate this holiday with in the same spirit we are seeking.
For the last couple years, I’ve compromised on how we celebrate this occasion. Going to the community party at the civic centre, for one thing was a huge compromise in an effort for Lily to not feel “left out”. This party centres around handfuls of junk candy and crowds in dollar store costumes. Lily would play all the games run by apathetic youths set up around the gym and decline the handfuls of junk offered afterwards. In the end, I don’t think we were gaining as much as we were losing for attending. The biggest problem with going to this party was that it made the rest of our evening, which was the more meaningful part, rushed.
After talking things over together, we decided that we’d put the focus back on our family and give the party a miss. We still planned to dress up and carve a pumpkin together. After a hearty turkey soup supper we celebrated the end of summer and acknowledge the shorter days while eating honeyed seed cake. We took a few minutes to remember our passed away loved ones.
Lily was dressed as Wonder Woman. I had bought a jumper pattern to make the costume simply but the smallest size was still much much much too large for her. That and I’d planned to change a zipper from front to back made the pattern useless. I ended up making the outfit up as I went along. Not anywhere near perfect but it was fast and Lily loves it. I forgot to embroider red stars onto the crown and cuffs and will finish that today. Leif was going to dress as a knight but didn’t end up wanting to.
Cam set up a fun Samhain style obstacle/ropes course in the woods. It looked a bit like the Survivor backyard series that Cam sets up for us from time to time. This was the first one Cam made and it’s become more complex over the years. This time the kids had to work together to move through the spider’s web and end the course balancing on a long slack line. It was a lot of fun but a bit dark for quality pictures.
A few friends stopped by to show off costumes before heading out for the night.
We were so lucky to have a break in the rain for the evening allowing us to spend so much time outside. We ended the evening around a bonfire in our backyard and a second helping of dessert. In the end, I’m so glad we didn’t rush and just enjoyed our time together.