I am writing this blog post, not on the first day of spring, but before it.
But let me tell you, today is the perfect day to be writing this.
My windows are open for the first time in months, the sun is filling my kitchen with light, I can smell the thawing of the earth.
I’ve never been one to consider myself affected by SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder), but this winter has been a rough one, on many levels, and I would be lying if I didn’t say that being shut indoors hasn’t affected me. I haven’t felt this relaxed, refreshed, and invigorated since fall. It’s been a long hibernation.
The more you read my blog, the more you will find that I swing between possibly overly ritualistic and the extremely simple when it comes to celebrations and rituals. My mood and energy level are the determining factor. And, truly, I believe that is a really good way to go about it.
This year, I’m feeling that we need to keep our family ritual short and sweet. We’ll celebrate Ostara in a larger ritual with my Circle as well later that day.
Simple Family Ostara Ritual
I promised you a simple ritual/celebration, and I will deliver! This activity can be made to be as elaborate or as laid back as you choose!
Cookie Dough (of your choice, store bought or home made)
Spring Cookie Cutters (optional)
**Parental Supervision is Recommended **
- Following the instructions for your cookie dough, pre-heat your oven.
- While the oven is preheating, take out your dough and make sure it is malleable enough for little hands to shape (if you are not using cookie cutters).
- If you are using cookie cutters, roll the dough into a flat sheet.
- Cut or shape your dough into the shapes of spring: birds, flowers, trees, animals, eggs, whatever represents Spring to you. This is a great opportunity to talk to your child about the meaning of Spring and what those symbols represent and mean to you. If you’re up for it. If not, just let them have fun!
- Pop your cookies in the oven, following the directions for your chosen dough.
- Let them cool.
- Decorate! This is another opportunity to talk to your child about what you believe, again, only if you’re feeling up to it.
- Share! Share with friends, family, and neighbors. We often will save one or two cookies each to return to the earth. We take the chosen cookies, go outside, and place them on the ground, saying whatever we feel is needed here.
Sometimes, if I’m feeling really creative, we’ll look up photos online, typically using Pinterest, just to inspire us (and sometimes, to remind us what Spring looks like).
Relax and enjoy the return of Spring!