As the days grow shorter and darkness engulfs us, it is time to turn inward and create a little light of our own. The kids’ Waldorf school has its Advent Spiral today, during which each child carries an apple candle through a winding maze of boughs towards the center where the light is.
They light their own small candles and carry their light forth on their return trip around the spiral, and then they set them down along the path. While the children travel through the spiral, a harpist plays a soft, angelic tune. When it is over, everyone exits the room singing Silent Night, softly.
I really love this festival and it’s among my favorite Waldorf traditions. It really sets the mood for a different sort of holiday season filled with more stillness, reverence, contemplation and beauty, a stark contrast to the usual hustle bustle that we’re all accustomed to this time of year. I always get emotional watching this, and I walk the spiral myself whenever I get the chance. There’s just something so special about it. I know I say this a lot, but I am so grateful my kids get to experience this each December.