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Monday, July 1, 2013

Winter spiral walk

 We celebrated the winter spiral walk at playgroup with both the kids and Scarlette had her own version of the winter festival in her little kindy class, making lanterns, eating warm nourishing soup, and yummi apple crumble...................

For those who are new to the Winter Spiral, or Advent Spiral as it is sometimes called, it is a tradition for the younger grades in Waldorf Schools. Evergreen boughs are laid on the floor or ground to create a spiral. In the center of the spiral is a lit candle. The room is darkened (or it is nighttime if held outdoors) and each child takes a turn to walk the spiral holding an unlit candle. As the child reaches the center, she lights her candle from the center candle and then retraces her steps out of the spiral. The child brings forth the Light as she walks outward and chooses a place along the spiral to set her lit candle. As child after child has a turn and more and more lit candles grace the spiral, the room becomes increasingly filled with light. Nothing formal is explained to the children; it is a lived experience that takes place within them at a level beyond words.

I can't begin to explain how special these reminders are that we as a family are in the right place! Feeling very blessed!!!