The harvest has begun, the weather is warm and fall is just on the horizon.
Lammas always sneaks up on me, so this year, I’ve decided to give us all a head start. Don’t let it pass you by this year—plan something really cool to celebrate!
Here are just a few ideas to make this year’s Lammas spectacular.
1. Have a popcorn party. Make it from scratch and make loads of it. This is a great theme for a Lammas party if you’re involving kids. There’s all kinds of nifty crafts you can make with it. Or, for grown-ups, you can try making one of the gourmet varieties, like Parmesan Rosemary or Gruyere-Porcini. Lammas is all about the grain harvest, and popcorn is an easy way to highlight this.
2. Make beeswax candles. The bees have been working furiously all summer long. Celebrate their glory! Beeswax candles are easy to make, even for someone who has never made candles before. Get some wax from a craft store or (even better) a local beekeeper and make a bunch for the coming fall season.
3. Pick your own sunflowers. I did this last year with some friends. This is also a really nice activity if you have kids involved. They can each pick their own sunflower and even if you have ten, it’s still really cheap to make them all happy. Go home and enjoy your bliss.
4. Bake bread from scratch. The art of bread baking connects you with an ancient tradition that dates back thousands of years. If you’re new to bread making, try a simple recipe, and if you’re an old hand, up your game by getting really creative. Don’t forget to make a small offering loaf for the altar.
5. Speaking of altars, do up your lammas altar all pretty. You have to have something going on there until Mabon. Use any of the above items—sunflowers, popcorn, beeswax candles, baked bread. Make it a whole event thing. Go to the craft store, pick out some lovely gold fabric, add hard harvest vegetables and shimmering tea lights and stand back to admire your work.
6. Try canning. Preserving the harvest (if you do it right!) is something you will really appreciate three months from now when fresh local produce is hard to come by. Did your grandmother pass along a recipe for jam? Try it! Love them local pears? Can them and use them in a Yule dish later this year.
7. Do a home blessing. The warmer months will soon be gone! Take this time to air out your house while you still can. Open all the (screened in) windows and doors, smudge it out in every direction, light some candles and enjoy the warmth.
8. Make blackberry pancakes for dinner. Use whole wheat flour. Both blackberries and whole wheat have special significance for Lammas. Add a natural maple syrup, some spicy candlelight and bowl full of freshly harvested berries.
9. Toast the sunset. As the Wheel of the Year turns, and the light begins to recede, take some time to honor the sunset. Grab a bottle of champagne or harvest wine, some smudge sticks, and a picnic blanket. Find a quiet, natural setting to enjoy the sun as it slides over the horizon.
10. Still have some firecrackers leftover? Set them off. All of them. What better way to celebrate the summer than to (safely) blow things up? If you can drive far enough away that your neighbors won’t phone the police, blow off some steam with this spectacular summer send-off.