The Sweet Wait For Christmas: Advent. (A Waldorf Way)

Advent is a season in the Christian year that lasts for about four weeks. It begins four Sundays before Christmas and ends on Christmas Eve. There is the more traditional and Christian way to celebrate Advent which you may read more about here. There is also the Waldorf way to celebrate Advent which includes this lovely verse.

The first Light of Advent It is the Light of stones:
The Light that shines in seashells In crystals and our bones.

The second Light of Advent It is the Light of plants:
Plants that reach up to the sun And in the breezes dance.

The third Light of Advent, It is the light of beasts:
The Light of faith that we may see In greatest and in least.

The fourth Light of Advent It is the Light of humankind:
The Light of hope, of thoughts and deeds,
The Light of hand, heart and mind.

 In my family I have found a way to combine these two. (minus the lovely 5 candle holder that I do not have yet).

It starts with a bare wreath with one candle in the center. On each Sunday dinner of the month of December I add the week’s element which will stay on the wreath as it grows. I will then read the verse while I light the candle. For each meal time during the month I will light the candle before we eat, saying the weeks verse; after meal time, he gets to blow it out. I have included my wreath here so that you can see how it evolves over Advent.

The first Light of Advent It is the Light of stones:
The Light that shines in seashells, in crystals and our bones. 

(Here I add seashells and a rose quartz that a friend gave me)

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The second Light of Advent It is the Light of plants:
Plants that reach up to the sun And in the breezes dance.

(Here I add a pinecone and leaves that I have dipped in beeswax, directions for leaves here)

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The third Light of Advent, It is the light of beasts:
The Light of faith that we may see In greatest and in least.

(Next I add feathers, because to me they represent the ‘beasts’ in a way I find pretty)

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The fourth Light of Advent It is the Light of humankind:
The Light of hope, of thoughts and deeds,
The Light of hand, heart and mind.

(Now I add simple Angels that I have made from wool roving. Here are directions for a much better looking angel. To me this symbolizes heart of mankind; our higher selves.)

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Though there is no additional bit in this verse about Christ, because I am a Christian I add this element. On Christmas morning I add the little baby to represent the birth of baby Jesus.

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This is such a wonderful tradition to have in ones home. For me, it just feels like this calm and peaceful unfolding of the season. As we try and balance out the busyness that comes during our days at this time of  year, this simple act at meal times really provides a solid and reverent base.

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2 thoughts on “The Sweet Wait For Christmas: Advent. (A Waldorf Way)

  1. This is lovely. I have come to Advent through Waldorf, and feel my heart and spirit so moved by this journey of joyful anticipation. Though I am not a Christian, each year I embrace Christ more wholeheartedly. I have an advent wreath we made by drilling candle size holes into a block of wood from our woodpile one desperate year. Mary and Joseph appear early on, and the “garden” around them slowly fills with crystals and shells, then collected leaves and flower heads and such, then knitted sheep and a horse and doves, then the shepherds for humankind, then the baby on Christmas day. Lately I’ve been supplementing this outer “altar” with the inner work of attending Taize prayer services…
    Sydney, did you ever start a group about spiritual parenting on FB? Can you remind me of the name?

    • I did. It is called co-parenting with God. It’s mostly inactive now though. Your advent wreath sounds so lovely. Thank you for sharing. If you have a picture I’d love to share it on my FB page.

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