Written by Nick Heyming, co-founder at The Emerald Village
One of the beautiful things about living in community are the myriad opportunities to celebrate and break bread with each other. When we moved to the Emerald Village, we each brought our own distinct cultures, faiths, and family traditions, which we now share with each other as the holy-days come around. Every season offers another opportunity to explore the depths of our fellowship.
During the winter, we celebrate a host of different festivities, from hanging our stockings by the hearth and caroling for Christmas, to creating a Waldorf influenced walkable Yule wreath, to lighting the menorah for Chanukah. Several of our residents trace their ancestry back to the Netherlands, so we invited in our extended families to share a Dutch breakfast with delicious cheeses, mustards, and breads.
This spring, we all donned yarmulkes and toasted glasses of grape juice and wine for Pesach, and a week later we hid eggs and avocados around our North County homestead to commemorate Easter, and we also celebrated Spring Equinox under our blooming 200 year old wisteria. For our monthly Sol day we have had residents share Qi Gong and yoga, as well as meditation and intonation practices from the far East.
Summertime has fewer religious holidays, but we all enjoy celebrating our great nation for 4th of July. We also have our monthly sweat lodges honoring the four directions and our native American forebears, as well as the occasional full moon bonfire and summer solstice.
Fall is an opportunity to reap the harvests and prepare for winter. We carve pumpkins for Halloween, prepare mesas for Dia de los Muertos, and sing ancient Celtic songs for Samhain. Thanksgiving is every day for us, but we also take the time to recognize the trials and tribulations of both our European and indigenous ancestors.
We hope to be fortunate enough to break bread with you soon, let us know if you’ll be coming out to our monthly brunch, or if you’d like to schedule your own festivity!