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.

In the book of Luke, Jesus said, “Consider how the lilies grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith!” And indeed, the story of Creation begins in a garden. This week, we bring a small piece of the plant kingdom into our own homes and preparations.

~Seasons of Joy Advent: Lighting a Path to Christmas

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See Seasons of Joy Advent book for more ideas, including the story of the poinsettia and the legend of the Christmas tree, nature table ideas, handwork including clove oranges, wooden garlands, and pine cone Christmas trees. There are also more cookie recipes and music.