You’ll find that every now and then I wax pagan on this blog. After all, it’s about nature and old things, why wouldn’t I mention it? No matter your beliefs, you can always trace back roots to nature and that we once lived in it (and that it’s a shame that we don’t anymore). Read on or not, that’s your call.
Imbolc, or Saint Bride’s Day if you are especially Gaelic or christian, is a festival marking the start of spring. If you’re like me, you unwittingly started cleaning the crap out of your apartment a day or two ago and started planning what you were going to plant this year. Since I am awful at remembering dates, I forgot that this holiday was coming, so it was even cooler that I started doing this stuff without even thinking about it.
I thrive on the spring season. The lure of things all around me coming back to life is contagious and I find myself buying more seeds than I need. Since I don’t have land that I own to cultivate this year, I’ve been container gardening. By April, my porch will most likely be covered in pots and various plastic containers that I’ve repurposed because clay pots are expensive en masse.
So, how can you celebrate the beginning of spring before the government (daylight saving time – March 9) and your calendar actually acknowledge it?
1. Clean the shit out of your living space.
I gained some weight over the summer and have a whole plastic tub full of things that won’t fit me until I lose that again. I plan on wearing those things again. However, there are some things in there like old tees and dresses that I’ve not worn in forever, or that I am just too old to wear now. Case in point, this:
Whatever you are stashing in your closet that you will never fit into again (no matter how much you lose) or stuff that you haven’t worn because you are ashamed to be seen in it, decide whether you really need to keep it. Does it have good memories attached to it? Cut out a swatch to keep to incorporate into something later. If you end up with a giant pile of clothes, donate it so someone else can enjoy it. The rest should go into storage and you really shouldn’t devote a lot of space to that, either. Then, once you are finished, you can enjoy being able to walk into your closet without suffocating or getting crushed in an avalanche. You can apply this method to other things like books or refrigerators.
2. Light some candles
Traditionally, candles are lit on this holiday to symbolize the return of light and warmth to the world. So, if you have a fireplace, but a non-working flue (I grew up with one, they do exist), just stick some candles in there. Put them all over your space as a reminder that soon it will be warm. Growing up in West Virginia, this was a big deal because most of winter is dark and gray. I always hated February because it seemed to drag on forever. Any symbolism that can help me get through that lull is definitely worth my time.
3. Fresh Air
Today the temperature in Raleigh is 65. Awesome. Every window I have is open and the heater is off. Doing that can instantly freshen your space and give you tons of energy. The forecast for the next few days is similar, so I’ll be leaving my plants on the porch and saving more electricity in here: WIN. If winter is still prevalent in your area, at least raise the blinds for a few hours. Any light at all that can be brought into your house can be refreshing.No matter how you celebrate today, with football, a groundhog, or simply hanging around your house, remember that winter is almost over — YES!
Happy Saint Bride’s Day!