The kids also visited a gem and mineral store while we were there and spent a significant portion of their allowance on crystals and rocks.
What do you do with all of those collections?
The kids had a perfect solution. "Can we have an altar, Mom, please," they begged me. "We won't have candles, or light anything on fire, we promise."
"Okay, of course you can have an altar."
So, we began to sort the collections and make a little table for them to display their items on.
There were jars of shed snake skins found around the property, feather, shells, stones and rocks (there's a difference you know), crystals, pine needles, pine cones, acorns, leaves, pieces of bark, bird's nests, oak galls, old wasp's nests, and so much more to look through. Mostly things we'd collected on hikes on the neighboring timberland or on our many camping trips, some they'd collected on the property.
We decided which items we wanted to display for this season and discussed how we would change it out each season, according to the current time of the year and what we were celebrating.
We read a few books about Mabon and then they headed off to bed, with the little lights glowing from the battery operated candles on their shared altar.