Monday, March 7, 2011

Pancake Day!!!

Pancake Day always brings great excitement at our house and big decisions:  should we have pancakes for breakfast, afternoon tea or supper???  And shall we have lemon and sugar, fresh berries or real maple syrup???  We enjoy celebrating simple traditions like this in our home for the sense of rhythm they bring to our year.  Personally for me it calls in my favourite time of year:  Autumn, the lengthening of the afternoon light and the hush of the time before Easter.

Years ago when many people fasted for the forty days of Lent they would use up their eggs and milk the day before Ash Wednesday when Lent began.  In England this led to a Lenten-festival including pancake tossing races! All Year Round - a calendar of celebrations is a wonderful treasure trove of ideas for bringing meaningful traditions into your family life, and has a great pancake recipe as well!!!

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