Just what is Michaelmas? Well, from what I can tell, it’s a holiday that celebrates St. Michael throwing satan out of heaven and into a blackberry thicket on the Earth. It is the story of good triumphing over evil. Often times the story of St. George defeating the dragon is used as a similar example. Gosh, there’s all kinds of examples of good versus evil. Luke Skywalker defeating Darth Vader. John Wayne defeating Scar in “The Searchers.” I’m sure my kids could come up with lots of other examples.
On Michaelmas (Sept. 29), we celebrate by eating something made with blackberries:
There are Michaelmas flowers:
And we eat a dinner filled with strong foods. Foods like roast beef, greens, and potatoes. I’m sure my hemoglobin went through the roof that night! Our before bed story was, naturally, St. George and the Dragon.
Not too sure if we’re totally accurate with our celebration method. At our house, we’re just all about a celebration, especially if there’s good food involved.