Our Martinmas Party

Yesterday, after the kids took several carloads of clothing and food to the local shelter, we began to get ready for our Martinmas party. We made new lanterns because I wanted some safer, jar lanterns in the house. They glowed quite beautifully in the dark.

Helen put lanterns on our stone walls and up our driveway.

She made a path of luminaries down to the bonfire.

Our guests arrived bearing wild mushroom risotto, roasted root vegetables, soup, breads, and salad. What a feast. We visited by the fire for a long time, watching it carefully with hoses and buckets as it got a bit bigger than we had wanted. note: we won't be having a bonfire without snow again.

The kids played a wild game in the dark that featured split second timing with stop watches, bursting out of leaf piles, flashlights, and running hard.

Later, we all retreated into the warm glow of the lanterns for the feast followed by tea, gingerbread, and brownies. The kids and many of the adults then joined in a big game of sardines in the dark. It was quite the romp through the house.

What a fun, glowing night. It ended, quite thankfully, with a gentle rain that eased my mind about any bonfire remnants.


Playing by the book  – (November 14, 2009 at 2:47 PM)  

I've just found you as I was looking for lanterns and found your post about balloon lanterns. Then I was so excited because it was all about Martinmas - my husband is Dutch, and comes from a part of the Netherlands where celebrating St Martins Day was a big thing, and something we've adopted for our family, even though we're not in the Netherlands, and it's not part of the custom at all where we are now. It was great to see your Martinmas songs.

sarah  – (November 14, 2009 at 3:01 PM)  

What a wonderful night! But how could it be anything other, in such beautiful, blessed surroundings? How lucky you are.

Tan Family  – (November 14, 2009 at 10:37 PM)  

What a great idea with the lanterns! I love your blog and I'm going to start following it. --Jennifer www.syrendell.blogspot.com

Linda  – (November 15, 2009 at 12:49 AM)  

Such a lovley evening, how beautiful...

myartemismoon  – (November 15, 2009 at 1:35 AM)  

Thanks for sharing this, it sounds fantastic. I'm intrigued by the thought of a bonfire in snow! Not really a possibility at anytime of the year here.
Blessings to your wonderful festive family

momma rae  – (November 17, 2009 at 2:42 PM)  

that sounds like a lovely celebration! it is comforting to know that as our children get older we can still enjoy this festival, though in different ways. thanks for that perspective. (my kiddos are 5 and 2). ;)

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