St. Martin in known for taking his sword and cutting his cloak into two pieces. The additional piece went to a shivering cold beggar who was scarcely clothed. Traditionally Martinmas is celebrated with lantern walks signifying what St. Martin saw in the poor beggar. St. Martin recognized the divine spark in the beggar, and offered protection with his cloak. To make a lantern, we may feel like we too are protecting our own little flame and carrying it through the dark world. It may only be a small and fragile light, but every light brings relief to the darkness. -Taken from All Year Round, A Calendar of Celebrations.
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I ordered some Christmas selections from Amazon last week for our home holiday book reading. I really love the illustrations and the simple and sweet messages of these stories. Here's what I ordered and I can highly recommend these, now that they've arrived. (Age 3 plus, yet my 1 year old likes to listen too.)
Since having children, I am continually shocked at what one finds in books aimed for little ones. The amount of name calling, sarcasm, and unsavory illustrations are disturbing. However as you can see above, there are some wonderful books that aren't all that popular to be found. One of our favorite winter time stories, (and authors for that matter,) is The Story of the Snow Children by Sibylle Von Olfers. You will be captivated by the illustrations alone.
Happy Holiday Reading and Tradition Making!