As promised, here's Nydia's son Lucas' altar. When I first saw it, I thought, how precious. And how cool that a child would want this at such a young age.
But then I thought about my own childhood. I definitely remember collecting and displaying things like souvenirs from vacations, mementos from special events, favorite toys, or just stuff. And I think this is a common, natural urge. Organizing these kind of objects become a way of saying, "this is who I am." And to me, shrines and altars are physical representations of our interior spiritual geographies.
Here's how Nydia describes his altar:
Lucas' altar, on the other hand, it's all boyish. He's got his favorite items chosen by himself, including his drawing board representing the gods, and the colored Goddess and God behind the cauldron. He decided to have an altar about two years ago, and I had this huge smile about it.
A post about his God and Goddess drawing can be found here. And a post about his preparations for Mabon here.