Every autumn we have a little PrairieFrog holiday called Gleaning Day. It began about 3 years ago when we noticed our daughters enjoyed acting out Bible Stories. We decided to do our own version of the Jewish celebration of Purim in the Spring to remember queen Esther. It was such a success we created Gleaning Day to focus on the book of Ruth!
Because Ruth gleans at harvest time, we usually have Gleaning Day in late August or early September, but when we create our own holidays, we reserve the right to time-shift them a bit as needed. This year it time shifted until we were almost into October. Some years are like that.
We read the entire book of Ruth aloud (it is just four chapters), and send the children out “gleaning”. In Easter-egg-hunt fashion they search for hidden goodie bags in the yard. Each bag has some little surprise. It may be a match box car, a new book, a new card game, or simply some Ruth coloring pages printed online.
Popped wheat is a favorite Gleaning Day treat. It doesn’t pop up as much as popcorn, but is a tasty treat sprinkled with a little seasoning salt!). Dinner includes “Golden Fields Pilaf” (Barley) among other harvest treats.
Often the children watch a video with the story of Ruth, and depending on time we play a game like “pass the sandal” (similar to hot potato or musical chairs).