The first day of spring is nearly here. What better time to start some new traditions? Here are some ideas:
- Place a bouquet of crocuses, daffodils, tulips, or dandelions in your kids’ bedrooms while they sleep, so they wake up to fresh spring flowers.
- Go on a hike and identify wildflowers if some are sprouting in your area.
- Visit a local farm and see if you can get a glimpse of calves, lambs, or chicks in the barnyard.
- Make dandelion or clover chains if those flowers are coming up where you live. Wear them as spring crowns.
- Watch the sun rise. (You can find out what time it will rise here.)
- Sow seeds. Have each family member pick a favorite flower to plant. Designate a special garden, and make a ceremony of it.
- Establish a table-top, shelf, or mantel to display spring flowers, cherry buds, egg shells, a bird’s nest, or whatever symbolizes springtime in your family.
- Read books about the season! Some of my family’s favorite spring picture-books are: Spring: An Alphabet Acrostic by Steven Schur, Spring by Ron Hirschi, and Home for a Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown.
- Read aloud from The Spring Equinox: Celebrating the Greening of the Earth by Ellen Jackson.
- Make a spring feast with the first crops of the season. Dandelion leaves, steamed nettles, and asparagus are delicious spring greens. Other traditional spring foods include eggs, ham, and sweets.
- Eat dinner by candlelight.
- Eat outside if weather permits, or have a picnic on a blanket in the living room.
- Decorate hard-boiled eggs with natural dyes. Try beets, cranberries, blackberries, or raspberries for red; yellow-onion skins or turmeric for yellow; parsley, spinach, or red-onion skins for green; blueberries for blue; and coffee, pecan hulls, or black-walnut hulls for brown. Or experiment – try whatever’s coming up in your backyard. You can read more about making natural egg dyes in the book Together: Creating Family Traditions.
Or create your own traditions to welcome spring.
Resources for seasonal celebrations:
The Book of the Year: A Brief History of Our Seasonal Holidays by Anthony F. Aveni
Ceremonies of the Seasons by Jennifer Cole
The Spring Equinox: Celebrate the Greening of the Earth by Ellen Jackson
Together: Creating Family Traditions by Rondi Hillstrom Davis and Janell Sewall Oakes
The Creative Family by Amanda Blake Soule
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