Friday, October 25, 2013

little traditions

the next couple of posts are going to be all about birthdays and traditions as that's what's been on my mind lately. so forgive me in advance.

it is so nice to bring the rhythm of the year and the seasons into the home. this year we set up francesca's birthday ring in elodie's room and combined it with our nature table. we mark each new season by creating a little shelf with bits and pieces of nature. we put away our shells and ephemera from summer and make way for autumn. we've collected leaves and acorns and a little piece of corn from our trip to the harvest festival in utah and decorated the shelf and ring with candles and woodland creatures. we also got a cinnamon broom from trader joes that smells so nice.

for the birthday ring, i chose the symbol of a moon for francesca's first year as she was born under a full moon. elodie has been deciding what symbol she will get when she turns five. it's been a major discussion over her which i think is so sweet. i would choose a heart as she leads in the world with her big smile and her heart but i think she will choose a flower. equally lovely.

we also recite little seasonal nursery rhymes that i learned in francesca's waldorf class and that elodie knew from her preschool music class.

five little pumpkins

five little pumpkins sitting on a gate.
the first one said, "oh my it's getting late."
the second one said, "there are witches in the air."
the third one said, "but we don't care!"
the fourth one said, "let's run and run and run."
the fifth one said, "I'm ready for some fun!"
then OOOhh went the wind
and out went the lights
and the five little pumpkins rolled out of sight.
hippity hop;
up he goes
to the tree top!

the squirrel 

whisky, frisky,
hippity hop,
up he goes, 
to the tree top!

whirly, twirly,
round and round,
fown he scampers
to the ground.

furly, curly
what a tail!
tall as a feather
broad as a sail!

where's his supper?
in the shell.

(clap your hands together and drop some acorns)

snappity, crackity,

out it fell.

do you have any favorite autumn traditions?

birthday ring and symbols


  1. So pretty. We use a birthday ring as well and my children love to pick their symbol, too. A sweet tradition. Happy birthday, Francesca!

  2. I have wanted to do this too and I have a great Waldorf inspired book for the seasons and celebrations called All Year Round. How do you decide when to shift the altar? Are you following the moon, a political date, a set holiday?

    Thank you :)

  3. i love those little poems!

  4. i just saw the little pumpkin symbol as i choose ones for Muñeca & Chiquita's birthdays & thought to this post
    what a wondernet world we live

    bises Elizabeth