Last year, we celebrated Martinmas (the commemoration day for St. Martin of Tours) for the first time by making Martinsbrezeln (German sweet pretzels) and reading Snow on Martinmas. I really enjoyed this pre-Advent holiday, so we celebrated again this year, with more Martinsbrezeln:

And an added craft…Martinmas lanterns. After all of these years of homeschooling, this was my first experience using Mod Podge, and it wasn’t nearly as scary as I thought! The lanterns turned out really well, and are so pretty with the candlelight shining through them!

This is a very natural addition to our rotation of observed Saints’ Days, as Martin Luther and (I assume) Martin Chemnitz were both named in honor of Saint Martin, as their birthdays are both adjacent to his commemoration day. It’s also a fun way to break up the conclusion of the endless green days of Pentecost!

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