Advent

Waldorf Wednesday #16

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Happy Waldorf Wednesday!

As I wrote earlier this week, I’m unplugging this week. It is amazing how much I can get done when I close my laptop. We’ve been painting and sewing and dying and baking and having a great time.

I’ve also needed to unplug because I, like many people, having a very hard time processing the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School. I’m also having a very difficult time dealing with all the talking heads, the theories, the propaganda. I just don’t understand it. What happened was heartbreaking. Our hearts, as a nation, should be breaking. How is there possibly room for all this other stuff? Can we not just take a little bit of time to be sad before we start mounting campaigns?

The third week of Advent

The third light of Advent is the light of beasts–
All await the birth, from the greatest and to the least.

Our culture surrounds us with images of human-like animals. They walk upright, they talk, they crack jokes. They do everything that we do. But it is important to approach the animal kingdom with respect and reverence. Animals need us to help care for them, whether by actively providing them with food and shelter, or by helping to make sure the environment is clean and suitable for them. It’s quite a responsibility! Despite the portrayal of animals as human, it’s important to remember that we are different than the animals- we can plan, we can do, we can dream.

‘Twas the week before Christmas and all through the home
This mama was freaking ‘cause nothing was done.
The stockings weren’t hung ‘cause they couldn’t be found
And there were toys covering 9/10ths of the ground.

The children’s rooms were a mess; they could scare find their beds,
And a poorly done haircut now graced Molly’s head.
There were dolls to be made and silks to be dyed,
Presents to wrapped and wrapped gifts to hide.

I ran to the kitchen and opened my stash
And searched for material and spent a little cash.
I bought kool aid and storage for playdough so smelly,
Made time for the gym to help slim down my belly.

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Happy Waldorf Wednesday! And even more unique, happy 12-12-12! I have an online friend whose little guy is turning 12 on 12-12-12. How magical is that?

I can’t wait until a little later when I can go visit all of last week’s links. I do visit them every week, you know. I don’t always remember to pin them, but I definitely visit and try to comment on each one. It’s been such a blessing to see how everyone is implementing Waldorf ideas, natural family living, gentle and peaceful parenting, homeschooling and afterschooling, and most of all love in your homes. I can’t wait to see what you’ve all done this past week to celebrate Advent! I hope you’ll spread the word about Waldorf Wednesday as well. The more people who share, the stronger this community becomes!

A little Advent planning… Week 2

 

The second light of Advent is the light of plants–
Plants that reach up to the sun and in the breezes dance.

Inspired once again by Carrie over at Parenting Passageway, here are our plans for Week Two of Advent. Once again, I would like to reiterate that I in no way think we’ll get all this finished. December is our month to wing it and go with whatever we feel like doing. Last week we had lots of fun. We didn’t get everything or even most things finished, but the children have enjoyed doing a math lesson and then having the rest of the day spread out before them. We’ve also (finally) found our Christmas books, so we’ll be able to add some of those to our to-do list as well.

The second week of Advent

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The second light of Advent is the light of plants–
Plants that reach up to the sun and in the breezes dance.

Now we’re moving up and away from the beautiful stones and crystals that look lovely, but do not grow or change, and into the plant kingdom. The focus this week is on growing and changing, the metamorphosis from seed to plant and back to seed again. It is interesting to note that the poem attributed to Steiner that serves as the framework for the Advent guide works its way through Aristotle’s classification of “the four kingdoms”— minerals, plants, animals, and humans. The minerals found in the soil nourish and strengthen the plants, the plants nourish and strengthen the animals, and so on.

"Life is a constant Advent season: we are continually waiting to become, to discover, to complete, to fulfill. Hope, struggle, fear, expectation and fulfillment are all part of our Advent experience.

   "The world is not as just, not as loving, not as whole as we know it can and should be. But the coming of Christ and his presence among us—as one of us—give us reason to live in hope: that light will shatter the darkness, that we can be liberated from our fears and prejudices, that we are never alone or abandoned.

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You would think that, since we have been here just over 5 months, we would be all unpacked already.

You would be wrong.

But we did finally find the Advent and Christmas books today, so yay!!!!

So tonight our bedtime incentive was that Daniel could pick out a Christmas book to read. And he did—Jan Brett’s The Wild Christmas Reindeer. Little did we know it would end in a bout of Christmas storybook crafting. Well, we had to break in the new pad of kite paper we ordered from Hedgehog Farms today, I guess!

Happy St. Nicholas Day!

Upon his snow white steed
With wind and lightning speed
St. Nicholas leaves the sky
And comes a-riding by

The little hare hops nigh
And lifts his nose up high
The stag with pointing horn
Leaps over bush and thorn

And all the creatures dear
Are drawing quickly near
Before St. Nicholas bow
Their little heads so low

And we will learn a tune
Of sun and star and moon
And sing our happy lay
Sing on St. Nicholas Day!

—Traditional German

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It’s Advent! It’s Advent!

And it’s St. Nicholas Eve, which means tomorrow is my Nicholas’s name day.

I just love this time of year. We’ve left behind the no man’s land between Halloween and Thanksgiving and everything seems to be pointing towards the birth of the Holy Child. So many things to do, so many ways to prepare. For what are we truly preparing, though? Not for a Baby who has been and gone and will come again. No, we’re preparing ourselves because while the stable birth was a one-time deal, He is born in our hearts again and again. There’s an awful lot of inner heart cleaning to be done, and I invite you to join me on the Seasons of Joy Facebook page where I’ll be sharing the Inner Work of Advent section from the Seasons of Joy Advent book. Don’t worry, it’s nothing too intense.