The Lantern Walk is my favorite festival. I love the songs, the little lights in the night, the stories of giving and selflessness. This year, while we are doing so many things differently our Lantern Walks may look different too. But we can still make lanterns and sing our songs and give to others. This is the time for coat drives and food drives, donating to shelters and food banks.
This month's Tale introduces us to Lottie, who will be having wonderful Lantern Walk ! I can't wait to enjoy this month adventuring with her with my 10 year old. Please share with me your children's creative writing pages - I LOVE to see what they come up with. It reminds us that storytelling truly is magic. Something created from the ether, from our individual experiences and with each story-starter card there are infinite ways a story can be continued and it will be different for everyone. The unlimited possibilities is a magic that consistently thrills me.
This time of year taking our inside lights into the darkness of winter is so important. We will want to help each other remember that nobody is alone and we are all in this life together.
Our school, where my son goes to 4th grade and where I used to teach (and am still on the festival committee ;), has a lovely Lantern Walk page. Please visit it to hear some songs and see different ways to make lanterns. Our very wonderful teachers have a lot of beauty to offer. And ask me questions if you have them! Because our school is currently all virtual we will be creating our own little lantern walks in our neighborhoods and communities. It will be different but ever so lovely all the while. Visit Mountain Sage Lantern Walk. I would love to hear what your favorite lantern song is and which sort of lantern you are making this year. Let me know in the comments below!
And while it will certainly be different this holiday season, hopefully we can somewhat revel in the simplicity of this year. Hopefully we can support our local businesses as much as possible so they can still be here when things are back to normal again. Consider ordering from your favorite business - those you can't imagine not having anymore! Order online or get gift cards for future gatherings, classes, yoga or goods.
You will always find a second Tale (see below) in your digital account (please let me know if you don't have one yet!) also translated into Spanish and French - and sometimes Dutch and German as well.
Twelve Little Tales is a project to spread the art of storytelling far and wide.