Monday, December 3, 2012

Advent in Our Home

"At Christmastime we celebrate the new life of the earth’s own sun – the Light of the World, 
that which, through the good will of men and women, forever shines in the darkness, and will not be overcome.”
 ~ from All Year Round ~

 
We began our Advent celebration yesterday. I spent weeks thinking about Advent, how we would celebrate and how I would create our Advent calendar and in the end none of what I was planning fit with who we are. The calendar we decided to create just didn't feel right. So we stopped. We regrouped. We talked about what we wanted it to mean to us. And what followed was our desire to keep things simple. To fill this time with the things that are important to us. And to share with others the light and love of the season.


We created a lovely little Advent wreath which will grace our table for the remainder of the season. Using a poem I found in Winter Festivals Made Easy from Waldorf Connections, each night we will light the candles for the corresponding week on the wreath and recite a section of this poem:

The first light of Advent is the light of stones
The light that shines in crystals in seashells and in bones
 
The second light of Advent is the light of plants
Green plants that reach up to the light and in the breezes dance
 
The third light of Advent is the light of beasts
That shines in all creatures in greatest and in least
 
The fourth light of Advent is the human light
The light of hope and of thought, to know and do what’s right

~ Rudolf Steiner


We will also count down the days of Advent with one of our little gnomes. Each morning our little Advent gnome will be waiting on the table with a little scroll. In the scroll is a fun activity for the day. Yesterday it was a little visit with Reece's favourite cousin. Today, picking up our tree. Tomorrow making Christmas garland. And so on. There are days to craft, bake, spend time in nature, visit family and friends, shop for those in need and even a day to help pack Christmas hampers. 

As I sit here and share with you how we will celebrate the season of Advent, it feels right. It is simple, yet so full...full of light and love, exactly what this season is about.

28 comments:

  1. I have two advent calendars in the house, one my mom made for us 22 years ago (love!). Your gnome with scrolls is a really lovely idea and very meaningful!

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    1. I can just imagine how lovely it is to bring that out every year. Thank you, Reece is really enjoying it.

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  2. What a wonderful practice and tradition. So simple, but so very special and meaningful. Love and light to all of you.

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  3. Love this! Beautiful and simple. We debated starting advent with my son this year, but I think he is still a bit young to grasp it (he just turned 2)... but, bookmarking this idea for next year!

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  4. I love you Advent Wreath. It's simply gorgeous. I also like that you have activities with your calendar. It gives so much more meaning to the season!

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  5. I love the gnome idea Kim, you are so creative.
    We are keeping Advent simple this year, just our little wreath and blessed candles, it works for me at this stage of my life. :)
    I hope you found just the right tree.

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    1. Thanks Tracey. And yes we did find the perfect tree, you get to see it tomorrow :)

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  6. So much fun to look forward to. I really love how you embrace each season. :)

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    1. Thanks Sara, each season means so much to me and taking time to enjoy them is really important.

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  7. I love what you came up with. That little gnome is so cute.

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  8. What a lovely wreath you made Kim. We adore this time of year.

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  9. I love this - we used to light the advent wreath and then sing Away in a Manger together. :) I love that Steiner poem.

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    1. It is lovely isn't it. I just found it two weeks ago when I ordered the downloads.

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  10. Your wreath turned out so well! And I love that you regrouped in order to make it what felt right to you guys.

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    1. Thanks Mandi, me too. I think the whole season would have felt off if we hadn't. So glad we did :)

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  11. Thanks for introducing me to that advent poem - it is lovely! Great ideas for advent in your home!

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    1. Always happy to share, glad you like poem.

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  12. Beautifully simple and very lovely wreath.

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