Celebrating Michaelmas

Michaelmas, or the Christian feast of St. Michael, is a traditional European holiday celebrating autumn and the harvest.
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Learn about Michaelmas and celebrate autumn with seasonal reading and activities in Sparrow Tree Square's magazine-style mini-anthology AUTUMN IN THE AIR.

Learn about Michaelmas and celebrate autumn with seasonal reading and activities in Sparrow Tree Square's magazine-style mini-anthology AUTUMN IN THE AIR.

Michaelmas is an autumnal celebration, so preserving autumn leaves is a fun activity and a great way to decorate for the new season. These DIY instructions from Martha Stewart are super simple and use basic drugstore supplies.

Keeping the Color

Jam thumbprint cookies made with blackberry jam, like Aunt Maggie's Jam Thumbprint Cookies from Martha Stewart, are a kid-friendly dessert using the traditional Michaelmas treat of blackberries--just be sure to use seedless or strained jam!

Aunt Maggie's Jam Thumbprint Cookies

Butter is the key to these fast, five-ingredient cookies from Leslie Ball of North Bethesda, Maryland.

If you'd prefer a different kind of poultry to the traditional Michaelmas goose, turkey is a substitute readily available in the USA. This recipe from Martha Stewart incorporates traditional autumnal flavors like apple cider and herbs.

Herbed, Roasted Turkey

This traditional holiday bird brings much more to the table than just great taste. Turkey breast packs more protein than chicken breast or trimmed top loin beefsteak, with just 1 gram of fat per serving.

Roast Goose, like this recipe from Martha Stewart, was the centerpiece of a traditional Michaelmas meal.

Roast Goose

Roast goose is an old-world tradition, a central part of the Dickensian Christmas tableau. Treat your family to an elegant holiday bird flavored with fresh thyme and sage. Serve brussels sprouts with vinegar glazed onions with this holiday bird.

Desserts using blackberries, a traditional Michaelmas food, are a wonderful way to put a spin on Michaelmas traditions. This Blackberry Crisp recipe from Martha Stewart Everyday Food is simple but scrumptious-looking.

Blackberry Crisp

Blackberry Crisp - Orange juice and zest add a fresh twist to this blackberry crisp. If you like, use a combination of berries in this recipe.

An old legend holds that it's unlucky to pick blackberries after Michaelmas, so incorporate the fruit into your Michaelmas celebration if you fear bad luck!

12 December Blackberry's properties to prevent cell damage from ultraviolet radiation are being evaluated Costa Rica Institute of Technology (TEC).


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