In the Northern Hemisphere, we are nearing Winter with its longer nights and often darker days. It is a time when Nature and we naturally turn inward in reflection toward a rebirth in Spring. Many cultures have celebrations during this time of year such as Hannukah, Christmas, Divali, and the Solstice.
The Advent Spiral, also known as a Winter Garden, mirrors this time of introspection. The room is prepared by the teachers with a spiral made of evergreen boughs adorned with crystals and treasures from Nature. In the center of the spiral is an unlit candle. The children enter the darkened room where they await an “angel” to show them the path. The angel moves slowly and mindfully through the spiral while carrying a lit taper with which the spiral’s center candle is lit. This flame is a symbol of life amidst the dead of Winter. The angel then returns to the start of the spiral.
One by one, the children approach the beginning of the spiral where their teacher gives them an apple to carry with an unlit candle inside. They then individually walk quietly toward the center of the spiral where they light their candle from the flame. Once lit, they return along the evergreen bough-lined path, decorated with crystals and other seasonal treasures from Nature, where they place their light along the way. Each child takes a turn, while the others observe in quietude.
Each child’s journey is unique. Some will walk it slowly, some quickly, while others may start and stop to explore the treasures along the way. Regardless, it is a walk of quiet confidence from which we learn of the importance of our individual light, and to share it to brighten the way for those around us.
Those of us in attendance are there to support the children with our warmth and stillness. Music will also be played by Meryn Gruhn Di Tullio on cello.
When your child completes the spiral, we ask that you wait for your class to be finished before exiting. Then you may join us at the kitchen door to quietly chose a warm beverage and small cookie before departing in reverence of the experience.
Please come at your child’s designated class time. If you arrive early, please wait patiently in your child's classroom for your turn to enter the Hall. We ask that children are supervised closely at all times to respect the mood of this special ceremony.
WHEN TO COME:
5:30 p.m. Lavender
6:15 p.m. Rosemary
7:00 p.m. Grade 1
7:45 p.m.Grades 2-4
8:30 p.m. Grades 5-6
*Adventure Forest friends may join Lavender/Rosemary time slots, and Voyagers may join 5th/6th Grade slot
Families with more than one student, we ask the siblings walk the spiral preferably with their younger sibling’s class.
Kindly go through the Spiral only one time.
Please refrain from wearing any clothing that is flowy or loose at ground level. We will be walking among lit candles in close proximity. For the safety of your child, we ask for no skirts or dresses. Please also consider securing long hair.
In A Winter Garden
In a Winter Garden,
Dark the Earth below,
Earth is waiting, waiting, waiting
For her stars to glow.
At Singing Stones School