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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

The Wheel of the Year

Tuesday, August 17, 2010
As pagan parents should we celebrate any holidays other than the eight commonly associated with paganism? My answer is yes. There is no reason not to celebrate as much as possible. I always joke, that one of the best things about being pagan is all the holidays that we get to celebrate.
Honestly we get at least eight great feasts, than we get, just to name a few, Thanksgiving, Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, and Labor Day. Fill in birthdays and anniversaries and you can begin to see how much great fun that we as pagans get to have in a single year.
So remember in this next year our roles as pagan fathers in establishing traditions for our respective families. Don't be afraid of trying new things, learn to cook or bake (no this does not make you less of a man), in fact in the next couple of weeks I will be trying for the first time to make hard candy with my oldest, Juliet. Find events in your area that celebrate the seasons or holidays and take your kids.
But you don't always have to spend money to celebrate the holidays. For example for Mabon, the first day of fall, you can, if you are blessed to be in the right area of the world, take your children on an expedition through the woods to see the changing autumn colors.
As far as including children in rituals, it all depends on the child. My oldest can't join me in ritual because of her mother and the youngest well she is still to young. But I look forward to the day that she stands next to me in circle and celebrates with me the turning of the Wheel of the Year.
In the meantime we paint eggs and decorate cookies and eat great food at the feasts. What memories are you going to make with your children? Remember that the traditions you start now will stick with your children their entire lives.

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