How To Start Your Own Winter Harvest Tradition

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Winter traditions that center on the harvest cycle have existed forever. There are a variety of customs all over the world. Some involve holidays and some include religion. However, all of them celebrate the hope for a bountiful coming winter harvest.

But many of these traditions, even if practiced, are not being paid the proper attention. When was the last time you spoke with your family about next years harvest? For most of us, it’s not been a common trend.

Maybe it should be. To better understand where the ancient traditions come from, consider why these traditions existed. And how they might enhance your own wintertime experience.

Sainte Barbe’s day is December 4th and is a widely recognized holiday in France still today. This signifies the beginning of the Christmas season. Wheat germ is planted in small dishes with damp cotton and kept out of the sunlight.

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It is said that if the grains sprout beautifully and grow straight, that the new years harvest with be plentiful. Once the wheat is mature, it is then planted into the ground in the hope’s that its predictions were correct.

This is extremely easy to do and is a fun interactive activity to do with kids. The wheat germ should be easy to find at local home and garden stores. And the process is simple enough to integrate into any holiday celebration.

You will see wheat growing in any business and home during the winter months in France and the benefits of plant life indoors are well documented. They help to enhance mood, ease anxiety and provide cleaner air.

Even the Christmas tree is a way to integrate greenery into your holiday practices. The tree was not a tradition that originally began with the church. It is believed to have been initiated by Pagans. And it was meant to symbolize hope for the coming season.

The first Christmas trees were evergreens. And even though the harvest season ended and winter froze, the evergreen trees seemed magical with their everlasting color. The trees were decorated with fruits and nuts and believe it or not, in the beginning had little to do with Jesus Christ.

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So even if you are not religious, and even if you celebrate a different holiday during the winter months, you too can have a Christmas tree. Call it what you want. Maybe you want to create a Solstice tree. Let your imagination lead the way. Any green in your home will enlighten the senses and help to create a cozy winter atmosphere.

The act of growing and harvesting has always been a human necessity. It’s only natural that it be included in even the most ancient of seasonal traditions. Egyptians were even using evergreen wreaths and garland to symbolize everlasting life. And with modern products like, you can invent your own winter traditions right at home.

Chard, kale and collards are all considered “winter greens” and can be grown on a micro scale. Have fun and get into the season’s spirit. Growing your own greens will inspire you to form new winter dishes and to be grateful for all the earth provides.

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