Beyond Religion and Consumerism, Advent is still a time to Celebrate

The four weeks leading up to December 25 have long been celebrated throughout time as a period of reflection, renewal and the celebration of life.  Beyond religion and consumerism, advent, which really translates to ‘arrival or beginning’ can be a time of connecting; with the world around us and with our stories, our births, our journeys and the wondrous new beginnings we are about to embark upon.

I like to tell my children the story of their births as we move towards December 25, and in this first week of Advent, as we light just one candle, we take time to connect with the element of earth and minerals.

‘The first light of Advent is the light of stone–                                                                                                   Stones that live in crystals, seashells, and bones.’     ~Rudolf Steiner

The crystal that welcomed us to our new home

Earthy smells, like clove and cinnamon and spice fill the house and the girls decorate our advent spiral, (which we had made last year from a lovely, light, local timber by From Jennifer, a woman on Etsy) with crystals, seashells, driftwood, whatever found objects from nature they have collected over the year.

With Advent beginning this Sunday, what traditions will you be celebrating? or Starting?  Sometimes the fastest way to connect with the magic of this time of year is to start your own tradition, one that is close to your heart.



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