Bonfires and Outdoor Activities
Is there any way you can take a camping trip over the Midsummer holiday? If so, do it! Your kids will thank you for it, especially if you incorporate some of these nifty ideas into your agenda. Even if you can't find a way to get out into the forest this year, any old yard will do provided you call your local fire department and inquire about fire safety and legal limitations on outdoor burning.
~ Burn a Wicker Man: On Midsummer the Oak King is defeated in battle by the Holly King, or God of the waning light. Why not include this myth into your ritual by creating a wicker god and burning him in your holiday bonfire? Just gather some sticks, driftwood, live vines (make sure they are not poisonous first), a bit of twine or hemp string, and bundle it together in the shape of a man. You can add gifts, tokens of appreciation, or other trinkets to your figure, and when the time is right, toss him on into the flames!
~ Double Your Fire: Why not light two bonfires this year? In ancient times, people would drive their livestock between the bonfires on Midsummer night because the smoke was thought to purify them and ensure health and fertility. If you are indoors, try lighting two candles and having everyone walk between them. Tell your kids a little bit about the history of the holiday as you are doing this (it never hurts to add a bit of learning into it whenever you can!)
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