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Festivals, Family and Food

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  163 ratings  ·  10 reviews
This family favourite is a unique, well loved source of stories, recipes, things to make, activities, poems, songs and festivals. Each festival such as Christmas, Candlemas and Martinmas has its own, well-illustrated chapter. There are also sections on Birthdays, Rainy Days, Convalescence and a birthday Calendar. The perfect present for a family, it explores the numerous ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published January 24th 1998 by Hawthorn Press (first published January 1st 1982)
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I bought this book when my children were small, it has had so much use! The book is organised into seasons and contains poems, extracts from well known books, games, crafts, songs, music, customs, and recipes. The ideas are simple and inexpensive, the craft ideas are often using natural materials and there are illustrations on every page. There is an emphasis on seasonal produce, so helpful ideas about different things you can do with apples or other edibles that you suddenly have a lot of. We ...more
Jul 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
This guide to crafts, recipes and celebrations based on the rhythms of the seasons is grounded in the philosophy of Rudolf Steiner and the Waldorf education movement. A wonderful book of ideas for celebrating family

Judith Johnson
Jul 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book was a mainstay of my son's childhood. Wonderful resource for any family!
Mar 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Every family wishing to establish lovely traditions should have this book.
Apr 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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A beautiful collection of European traditions and family fun. Songs, recipes, crafts - all delicious!
Here is a book of fantasy, imagination, lost traditions, ideas for new ways to celebrate milestones and seasons, and a ligament of love to the past. This book forever captured my dreams about how I wanted to mother my children - happy rituals, a buffet of ideas, awareness of the world around us, hands-on fun, and tasty eats. The approach is Anglican, I think, but can be adapted to a universal spirit of creativity and care. I might re-write this type of a book one day with a more global ...more
Jun 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Great book for European holiday traditions. Mostly focuses on British traditions as that is where the book is from, but does go into some other European traditions. Great source of ideas for new ways to celebrate.
Clea Danaan
Dec 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
lots of great ideas! British in its approach, it marries Christian, secular, and Pagan in a sweet, family-centered feeling.
To this day it irritates me everytime I see the cover of this book here as I once owned it and LOVED it and used it and when we moved somehow it didn't. That was some time ago and I no longer would find it as useful (kids have grown) but for young families who are of the we love soule mama variety (and wow, she is amazing and love that Soulemama blog and Taproot magazine etc) will like this book a lot. Just don't lose it. Or move without packing it.
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