Celebrating Martinmas

by | Nov 12, 2017 | Martinmas, St. Martin of Tours | 11 comments

“Martin, so comfortable on his horse and cozy within his beautiful thick coat, took the coat from his shoulders, cut it with his sword and draped the largest part on the man. Something spoke inside his heart and said it was the right thing to do.”

Our little guy pulled out one of the gifts he received last Christmas to play with this afternoon… Perfect for today’s feast!

We also enjoyed reading Snow on Martinmas

… decorating our St. Martin Cookies with marshmallow fondant… 
(I forgot to take a picture once they were finished! They are long gone now.) 

… our Martinmas Lantern Walk and roasting marshmallows over the bonfire… 
… and goose chicken pot pies for dinner!
{Even I got to enjoy a homemade grain-free, dairy-free AIP pot pie! Heavenly!}

O God, Who seest that we exist by no power of our own, mercifully grant that, by the intercession of blessed Martin, Thy confessor and bishop, we be strengthened against all adversities. 

St. Martin of Tours, Pray for us!


  1. Julie Fier

    Need the AIP Pot pie recipe since we eat mostly AIP (closer to Paleo) but need good recipes to try

    2017-11-12 11:06:55

  2. evanewyork

    Happy Martinmas! We hope to do our lantern walk tonight. It was too cold here last night.

    2017-11-12 14:37:09

  3. Karen H

    That first photo of your son reading the book to his siblings is magical. What an awesome photographer you are! The lantern walk, the warmth of your table – just beautiful!

    2017-11-12 18:09:00

  4. Marion

    What a beautiful ceremony. I never knew St. Martin of Tours was celebrated in this way. Very nice. Marion

    2017-11-12 18:30:12

  5. Joan

    Thank You for sharing the celebration of St.Martin of Tours. Joan

    2017-11-12 18:31:07

  6. Marilyn

    What a nice tradition. That book, "Snow On Martinmas" I will look into buying. Those pot pies look delicious. Marilyn

    2017-11-12 18:36:02

  7. Krista

    We added that book this year – was so happy to have stumbled upon it a couple of months ago! We also create the beggar scene with our Playmobil figures/horse each year, too! And little Lindt chocolate truffles for desert after dinner (but no goose!). Looks like a lovely feast day you all had!

    2017-11-12 19:02:41

  8. Ann

    You always have such beautiful pictures!

    2017-11-13 12:18:08

  9. Jessica Gordon

    This is the recipe I've been using: https://thecuriouscoconut.com/blog/perfect-paleo-… (for the fat I've been using Epic Duck Fat – but I'm now out and it has been on recall…) I don't include the peas and add extra carrots and celery. It is really good! I want to buy some disposable mini-pie pans, make a big batch, and try freezing some for later.

    2017-11-13 22:53:08

  10. Jessica Gordon

    Thank you for always leaving such kind and encouraging comments! You always brighten my day. God bless you and your family!

    2017-11-13 22:54:15

  11. Debbie

    It is wonderful that you share this tradition with your children for Martinmas. While living in Germany many years ago I witnessed the German children walking with their lanterns in the early evening of November 11th in our community. It was magical to see. Long ago I believe St. Martin's Day was the first day of Advent when Advent was 6 weeks long (in my ancestral land of Poland it was). The photos of your children are precious. The new book looks like a wonderful story. Love the wood carved toys!

    2017-11-16 03:06:36


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