The Summer Solstice is one of my family’s most treasured celebrations. As the day draws near, my boys and I can be found in our backyard creating banners and crowns, fairy wands and sun candles in preparation for this special day.
Unlike the Winter Solstice, which brings about a time for reflection and inner contemplation, the Summer Solstice is a time for outward celebration. A time to gather with friends and loved ones to share the longest moment of daylight in our year.
Fresh fruit and vegetables are served, singing and dancing are customary, and good friends and food should abound.
For my boys, it is the Summer Fairies who they are always most excited to see. Since they were little ones, we have taken our shells and gem stones out to their garden to create a special spot for the Summer Fairies to both live and play.
We create fairy baskets that are filled with moss, river rocks, tiny shells and gems. Fairy wands that create magic and splendor are always a must, and Sun candles to walk in procession with as we celebrate the strength and power of the longest day.
Thick sticks for the wand base
A large gem stone
Allow your child to find a stick that they enjoy holding in their hands. Using wood glue, allow them to decorate the wands with small shells, rocks and gems, and wait to dry. Wrap the stick with ribbon or raffia, and attach a large gem stone to the top with leather cording. Again using wood glue, attach the feathers to the back of the wand, behind the large gemstone, and allow to dry.
Fairy Basket and Garden
Small shells or gems
Medium to large shells and gems
We normally decorate our children’s baskets, and leave them on the end of their bed as the sun rises on the morning of the Solstice. It is filled with shells, moss and special rocks and gems that they can use to decorate their fairy garden as part of their morning celebrations.
For the garden, children should be encouraged to create a story around the fairies, magic, sunshine, etc., or told stories to enjoy while decorating. This is a time and a space for their imagination to run wild and to create a world that is all their own.
Using a pair of kitchen scissors, snip an X on the top of each of your oranges. Place a small piece of aluminum foil under the candle, and place the candle inside the orange where you cut the X. Place small pieces of dried fruit on your tooth picks, and then place them into the orange in a circle around the candle. Place the candles at the center of your solstice feast, and enjoy the bright light they omit.
At the end of our celebration of the Summer Solstice, my family always enjoys a large bonfire and the burning of our advent wreath from the previous Winter Solstice. A symbol of the end of our inner walk through winter, and the beginning of our outer journey through Summer, the bonfire is a special way to end the day’s festivities.
The Summer Solstice has been celebrated for thousands of years by people of almost every culture and civilization, and it is one of the most magic filled moments in the year. Giving our children the space to enjoy equally magical moments allows them time to honor the land that they have been given, and a gratitude for the Earth’s abundance.
Wishing you a very magical Summer season.
Heather Fontenot, co-editor of Rhythm of The Home, lives with her family on the Front Range of Northern Colorado. She has a passion for natural and creative living, and spends as much of her time outdoors as possible. She loves to knit, sew, garden, photograph, read and home school her two sweet little ones. She writes the blog, Shivaya Naturals, where she chronicles her life as a mother, artist, and gluten free baker.