Martinmas Baking and a FREE E-Book Giveaway!!

Many people may not be familiar with the festival of Martinmas which is on November 11th.  In Waldorf families and schools, it is a celebrated festival filled with lanterns, songs, games and baking. And if you do not already know, Little Acorn Learning has just released a HUGE new e-book filled with ideas, tutorials and recipes on how to celebrate this festival along with Thanksgiving.

In Germany, the tradition of celebrating St. Martin’s Day is a big deal and this yummy sweet bread, Weckmann, is a common treat to make.  The dough is usually shaped into little men with white pipes.  My girls and I did our best to make them true to form but could not think of a way to make the pipes. I’d love to hear what other people use to make them.  I was thinking maybe white chocolate chips?

The shape of our Weckmann reminded Brianna of Gingerbread Men and she went running around the house to find all of the books we have about them.  That led us into an afternoon of reading.  

While writing a new book can be very overwhelming at times, it really brings my family closer together.  I wish I could say we do a lot of baking together year round but the truth is that I often get too busy and other things get in the way.  When I have to test out recipes for my books, it helps us to stay grounded and do the things we love.  This was also the case when I provided childcare in my home.  It kept me focused and I was able to be a more hands-on parent.

In other exciting news, in order to save on our astronomical electric bill each month, we have installed a new woodstove.  We also had some stonework done on the wall behind it and I love it so much.  Today is the first day I have really been able to use the woodstove and the house is so warm and toasty even though it is a freezing autumn day outside.  PLUS my heat is OFF!

I’m curious how other families celebrate Martinmas around the world.  Leave a comment below on this post on how you hope to share this festival with your children and family.  I will pick a random winner by tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. EST to get a FREE copy of our Martinmas and Thanksgiving Festival E-Book!  
Best of luck!  

65 thoughts on “Martinmas Baking and a FREE E-Book Giveaway!!”

  1. This is the first year we will be celebrating Martinmas and we are very much looking forward to it. We live in the French speaking part of Switzerland and this celebration is new to us 🙂
    We will have a lantern walk with our neighbours and then come home to have some pancakes and home-made cookies. We will try to prepare the soft bread if we still have time to do so 🙂

  2. This is the first year we will be celebrating Martinmas and we are very much looking forward to it. We live in the French speaking part of Switzerland and this celebration is new to us 🙂
    We will have a lantern walk with our neighbours and then come home to have some pancakes and home-made cookies. We will try to prepare the soft bread if we still have time to do so 🙂

  3. In our community, this is the week of a major food drive to stock the shelves of food closets for the winter. There is also a free coat distribution for those in need. As we move into the darkest part of the year, we bring light by sharing.
    VT Patty

  4. In our community, this is the week of a major food drive to stock the shelves of food closets for the winter. There is also a free coat distribution for those in need. As we move into the darkest part of the year, we bring light by sharing.
    VT Patty

  5. In our community, this is the week of a major food drive to stock the shelves of food closets for the winter. There is also a free coat distribution for those in need. As we move into the darkest part of the year, we bring light by sharing.
    VT Patty

  6. We are new to Waldorf traditions and last year were fortunate to celebrate our first Martinmas! Our daughters daycare family invited the children and their families for soup, cider and making little watercolor lanterns. When then bundled up and went for a walk in the neighborhood singing the Lantern Walk song. It was so sweet! We are lucky to be doing that again this year. I'm excited to learn more of the Waldorf traditions and would love to dive into this book.

  7. We are new to Waldorf traditions and last year were fortunate to celebrate our first Martinmas! Our daughters daycare family invited the children and their families for soup, cider and making little watercolor lanterns. When then bundled up and went for a walk in the neighborhood singing the Lantern Walk song. It was so sweet! We are lucky to be doing that again this year. I'm excited to learn more of the Waldorf traditions and would love to dive into this book.

  8. We are new to Waldorf traditions and last year were fortunate to celebrate our first Martinmas! Our daughters daycare family invited the children and their families for soup, cider and making little watercolor lanterns. When then bundled up and went for a walk in the neighborhood singing the Lantern Walk song. It was so sweet! We are lucky to be doing that again this year. I'm excited to learn more of the Waldorf traditions and would love to dive into this book.

  9. In Italy this is the time to eat chestnuts and open the new wine thereby celebrating both the chestnut and grape harvest. An Indian Summer at this time of year is known as a Saint Martin Summer – l'estate di San Martino. In some areas of the country children do a type of trick or treating. Tania

  10. In Italy this is the time to eat chestnuts and open the new wine thereby celebrating both the chestnut and grape harvest. An Indian Summer at this time of year is known as a Saint Martin Summer – l'estate di San Martino. In some areas of the country children do a type of trick or treating. Tania

  11. In Italy this is the time to eat chestnuts and open the new wine thereby celebrating both the chestnut and grape harvest. An Indian Summer at this time of year is known as a Saint Martin Summer – l'estate di San Martino. In some areas of the country children do a type of trick or treating. Tania

  12. Love your woodburning stove! My in-laws also have one in their house and it is the only source of heat. It feels like a campfire indoors! My children attend a Waldorf school and we celebrate by making lanterns in class and at home. Last year I bought beeswax and we dipped balloons into it, quickly pressed leaves against the wax, and dipped again–it was so fun. The lower grades will have a lantern walk on the 20th around the neighborhood. Happy Martinmas!

  13. Love your woodburning stove! My in-laws also have one in their house and it is the only source of heat. It feels like a campfire indoors! My children attend a Waldorf school and we celebrate by making lanterns in class and at home. Last year I bought beeswax and we dipped balloons into it, quickly pressed leaves against the wax, and dipped again–it was so fun. The lower grades will have a lantern walk on the 20th around the neighborhood. Happy Martinmas!

  14. Love your woodburning stove! My in-laws also have one in their house and it is the only source of heat. It feels like a campfire indoors! My children attend a Waldorf school and we celebrate by making lanterns in class and at home. Last year I bought beeswax and we dipped balloons into it, quickly pressed leaves against the wax, and dipped again–it was so fun. The lower grades will have a lantern walk on the 20th around the neighborhood. Happy Martinmas!

  15. After listening to a short story of St. Martin, we walk with our Waldorf community, the younger folk, with lanterns and singing through one of our local parks. We decorate lanterns and learn songs in the weeks beforehand. We walk quietly and reverently through the park, stopping to sing along the way.

  16. After listening to a short story of St. Martin, we walk with our Waldorf community, the younger folk, with lanterns and singing through one of our local parks. We decorate lanterns and learn songs in the weeks beforehand. We walk quietly and reverently through the park, stopping to sing along the way.

  17. After listening to a short story of St. Martin, we walk with our Waldorf community, the younger folk, with lanterns and singing through one of our local parks. We decorate lanterns and learn songs in the weeks beforehand. We walk quietly and reverently through the park, stopping to sing along the way.

  18. We talk about the story of St Martin sharing his coat, and how we can share our warmth and light to others. So we spend the day preparing treats or small gifts to share with our neighbors, then as the sun recedes we light lanterns and walk to our friends homes sharing our light with them. The first year we did it my 3 year old daughter said, "Mom, I loved sharing light with my friends, my heart feels warm." I knew it was a tradition to keep!

  19. There is nothing better than wood heat on a cold day.

    This is our first year celebrating Martinmas. We spent a morning last week sharing the story of St. Martin and his cloak and making lanterns. This week we will have our lantern walk, sing songs, and share a meal with our extended family. I am so excited to be celebrating this year and plan to make it a new tradition in our family.

  20. There is nothing better than wood heat on a cold day.

    This is our first year celebrating Martinmas. We spent a morning last week sharing the story of St. Martin and his cloak and making lanterns. This week we will have our lantern walk, sing songs, and share a meal with our extended family. I am so excited to be celebrating this year and plan to make it a new tradition in our family.

  21. There is nothing better than wood heat on a cold day.

    This is our first year celebrating Martinmas. We spent a morning last week sharing the story of St. Martin and his cloak and making lanterns. This week we will have our lantern walk, sing songs, and share a meal with our extended family. I am so excited to be celebrating this year and plan to make it a new tradition in our family.

  22. We started painting our paper for our lanterns yesterday and will assemble them on Tuesday. We plan on making a chicken and vegetable soup and having almond horseshoe cookies for dessert. We will walk with our lanterns (weather pending) and sit around the fire table and probably roast a couple marshmallows. We still have our clay pipes from our Weckmann when I was in elementary school in Germany. I always enjoyed St Martin's Day, I am very happy to share this time with my boys

  23. We started painting our paper for our lanterns yesterday and will assemble them on Tuesday. We plan on making a chicken and vegetable soup and having almond horseshoe cookies for dessert. We will walk with our lanterns (weather pending) and sit around the fire table and probably roast a couple marshmallows. We still have our clay pipes from our Weckmann when I was in elementary school in Germany. I always enjoyed St Martin's Day, I am very happy to share this time with my boys

  24. We started painting our paper for our lanterns yesterday and will assemble them on Tuesday. We plan on making a chicken and vegetable soup and having almond horseshoe cookies for dessert. We will walk with our lanterns (weather pending) and sit around the fire table and probably roast a couple marshmallows. We still have our clay pipes from our Weckmann when I was in elementary school in Germany. I always enjoyed St Martin's Day, I am very happy to share this time with my boys

  25. Christel Bassett

    We usually tell the story of St. Martin, make lanterns and take an evening lantern walk while the Weckmann are rising!

  26. Christel Bassett

    We usually tell the story of St. Martin, make lanterns and take an evening lantern walk while the Weckmann are rising!

  27. Christel Bassett

    We usually tell the story of St. Martin, make lanterns and take an evening lantern walk while the Weckmann are rising!

  28. We read a story about Martin and talk about being a bright light in the world. We make different lanterns every year and walk down our gravel road singing Martinmas songs carrying our lanterns. This year we were going to make felt lanterns but I just broke my arm so we may modify our plans this year!

  29. We read a story about Martin and talk about being a bright light in the world. We make different lanterns every year and walk down our gravel road singing Martinmas songs carrying our lanterns. This year we were going to make felt lanterns but I just broke my arm so we may modify our plans this year!

  30. We made glass lanterns, feasted and took a walk along the edge of the forest singing i go outside with my lantern whike the moon rose full and bright over the nearby mountains. So lovely!

  31. We made glass lanterns, feasted and took a walk along the edge of the forest singing i go outside with my lantern whike the moon rose full and bright over the nearby mountains. So lovely!

  32. We made glass lanterns, feasted and took a walk along the edge of the forest singing i go outside with my lantern whike the moon rose full and bright over the nearby mountains. So lovely!

  33. One year, my son's kindergarten class celebrated at their teacher's home. We had stories & songs by the bonfire, homemade play dough for the kids, a beautiful potluck dinner. Then we strolled through the neighborhood with our handmade lanterns, singing our lantern songs door to door for the neighbors to enjoy. It was a very memorable Martinmas celebration.

  34. One year, my son's kindergarten class celebrated at their teacher's home. We had stories & songs by the bonfire, homemade play dough for the kids, a beautiful potluck dinner. Then we strolled through the neighborhood with our handmade lanterns, singing our lantern songs door to door for the neighbors to enjoy. It was a very memorable Martinmas celebration.

  35. One year, my son's kindergarten class celebrated at their teacher's home. We had stories & songs by the bonfire, homemade play dough for the kids, a beautiful potluck dinner. Then we strolled through the neighborhood with our handmade lanterns, singing our lantern songs door to door for the neighbors to enjoy. It was a very memorable Martinmas celebration.

  36. This is our first year celebrating Martinmas and I am excited to teach my kids about St Martin and the biblical tie-ins of the good Samaritan and the "whatever you do for the least of these, you do for me" passage. We are also planning a lantern walk with homemade lanterns, some baking, and yummy food.

    feetofclay1678@hotmail.com

  37. This is our first year celebrating Martinmas and I am excited to teach my kids about St Martin and the biblical tie-ins of the good Samaritan and the "whatever you do for the least of these, you do for me" passage. We are also planning a lantern walk with homemade lanterns, some baking, and yummy food.

    feetofclay1678@hotmail.com

  38. This is our first year celebrating Martinmas and I am excited to teach my kids about St Martin and the biblical tie-ins of the good Samaritan and the "whatever you do for the least of these, you do for me" passage. We are also planning a lantern walk with homemade lanterns, some baking, and yummy food.

    feetofclay1678@hotmail.com

  39. Sorry if this gets posted twice.

    This will be our first year celebrating Martinmas and I'm pretty excited about it.

    We will make lanterns, go for a walk singing the songs we learned, have apple cider, bake gluten free cookies, and give away items that we no longer need to a local womens and childrens shelter.

    I hope that my little one enjoys it!

  40. Sorry if this gets posted twice.

    This will be our first year celebrating Martinmas and I'm pretty excited about it.

    We will make lanterns, go for a walk singing the songs we learned, have apple cider, bake gluten free cookies, and give away items that we no longer need to a local womens and childrens shelter.

    I hope that my little one enjoys it!

  41. We will be making gluten free Martinmas horseshoe cookies and also metal lanterns. We will walk through our neighborhood delivering the cookies while singing Martinmas songs in both English and German.

  42. We will be making gluten free Martinmas horseshoe cookies and also metal lanterns. We will walk through our neighborhood delivering the cookies while singing Martinmas songs in both English and German.

  43. We will be making gluten free Martinmas horseshoe cookies and also metal lanterns. We will walk through our neighborhood delivering the cookies while singing Martinmas songs in both English and German.

  44. In Germany we made lanterns at Kindergarten or elementare school and mostly the church communities organizer a huge lantern walk through the village streets.The local Brass Band and a Saint Martin in his red coat on his white horse would lead the walk. The band played Martinmas songs and people sang along.At the end Martin would do a little play and part his coat to give it to the beggar. Children got "Martinmas geese", little cakes to share with each other like Martin did. Geese because there is a legend about him hiding in a geese barn when he die not want to become bishop -too modest- but the cackling of the geese gave him away and people found him…Sometimes there would also be a Martinmas fire and people would drink hot cider as well…

  45. In Germany we made lanterns at Kindergarten or elementare school and mostly the church communities organizer a huge lantern walk through the village streets.The local Brass Band and a Saint Martin in his red coat on his white horse would lead the walk. The band played Martinmas songs and people sang along.At the end Martin would do a little play and part his coat to give it to the beggar. Children got "Martinmas geese", little cakes to share with each other like Martin did. Geese because there is a legend about him hiding in a geese barn when he die not want to become bishop -too modest- but the cackling of the geese gave him away and people found him…Sometimes there would also be a Martinmas fire and people would drink hot cider as well…

  46. In Germany we made lanterns at Kindergarten or elementare school and mostly the church communities organizer a huge lantern walk through the village streets.The local Brass Band and a Saint Martin in his red coat on his white horse would lead the walk. The band played Martinmas songs and people sang along.At the end Martin would do a little play and part his coat to give it to the beggar. Children got "Martinmas geese", little cakes to share with each other like Martin did. Geese because there is a legend about him hiding in a geese barn when he die not want to become bishop -too modest- but the cackling of the geese gave him away and people found him…Sometimes there would also be a Martinmas fire and people would drink hot cider as well…

  47. My very hopeful plans include making lanterns and carving our pumpkins with St. Martin images. I'm not sure what will be on the menu yet but it's never a celebration around here without good food!

  48. My very hopeful plans include making lanterns and carving our pumpkins with St. Martin images. I'm not sure what will be on the menu yet but it's never a celebration around here without good food!

  49. My very hopeful plans include making lanterns and carving our pumpkins with St. Martin images. I'm not sure what will be on the menu yet but it's never a celebration around here without good food!

  50. There are so many lovely ways to celebrate Martinmas, I tend to get overwhelmed with trying to do it all. Last week our homeschool co-op made beautiful paper mache lanterns. This week we are gathering clothes and toys to donate, and on the night of our lantern walk we'll have a bonfire with hot apple cider before taking to the woods with our songs and lanterns. I'm looking forward to this soul-warming ritual. It's going to be a chilly walk, though!

  51. There are so many lovely ways to celebrate Martinmas, I tend to get overwhelmed with trying to do it all. Last week our homeschool co-op made beautiful paper mache lanterns. This week we are gathering clothes and toys to donate, and on the night of our lantern walk we'll have a bonfire with hot apple cider before taking to the woods with our songs and lanterns. I'm looking forward to this soul-warming ritual. It's going to be a chilly walk, though!

  52. I adore your new wood stove! Martina's is so special, it's my son's birthday! He will be 9, so we spend the day celebrating him, then ficus the rest of the week purging and giving away, like St Martin, then next Sunday we will gather with our friends for a lantern walk through the woods and share a meal with them

  53. I adore your new wood stove! Martina's is so special, it's my son's birthday! He will be 9, so we spend the day celebrating him, then ficus the rest of the week purging and giving away, like St Martin, then next Sunday we will gather with our friends for a lantern walk through the woods and share a meal with them

  54. I adore your new wood stove! Martina's is so special, it's my son's birthday! He will be 9, so we spend the day celebrating him, then ficus the rest of the week purging and giving away, like St Martin, then next Sunday we will gather with our friends for a lantern walk through the woods and share a meal with them

  55. i loved reading this blog post (congrats on new stove!). we have never done much more than make our lanterns and go on our lantern walk with our classmates. but we do sing the martinmas songs all weekend long and try to be mindful of what st martin did, his kindness to the beggar as a metaphor for what we can do in our own lives. but i would love to read your book as we could certainly use some new ideas! enjoy your cozy stove!

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