These traditions and festivals are supposed to fill our spiritual longings and bring forth light in our lives...especially in the dark of winter. We are looking for meaning and it's not something you can buy at the mall. Many cultures celebrate the winter Solstice, the return of the sun, and it's no coincidence that Christmas day is very close to that time.
We enjoyed reading a light-hearted book for young children, "The Festival of Stones", about a faerie named Tiptoes Lightly. We received it as a belated birthday gift and it was delightful to read the stories each Advent week.
1st week of Advent - The Mineral Kingdom
Our varied selection of minerals and shells
24 day advent candle
2nd week of Advent - The Plant Kingdom
We added some juniper (mountain cedar), pine cones, the cutest rosemary topiary tree and the apple candle used at the kindergarten Advent spiral walk.
3rd Week of Advent - The Animal Kingdom
May we not be stubborn donkeys and be gentle like Mary's.
4th Week of Advent - The Human form of Life
Each day of Advent, we added a shining star to our blue silk sky, culminating with the largest star of all on Christmas Eve. As followers of Vedic astrology, the chart of the planets and stars at birth is significant.
Hope you had a special Christmas filled with light and surrounded by loved ones.