This past Sunday was the first day of Advent and whether or not Advent fits within your family customs, the time leading up to the Winter Solstice and Christmas is a good time for contemplation, going within and working through unresolved issues in your heart.
In the Waldorf tradition, the weeks leading up to Advent are celebrated by creating reverence for each of the four different kingdoms: stones (earth), plants, animals and mankind. There is something about this holistic look at this time of year that speaks to me so deeply and I do my best to use this time to dig deeper spiritually.
There are many traditions and customs during this season that families, schools and churches recognize. Advent wreaths are often used with candles that are lit each Sunday leading up to Christmas time. Baking cookies, lighting a menorah or adding an ornament to a Jesse Tree each day are other traditions that come to mind.
My family has begun our own unique traditions that I’ve shared in the Advent and St. Nicholas Festival E-Book such as our Advent Kindness Clock which includes a little act of kindness that can be done each day leading up to Christmas.
We also created a beautiful Advent Wall Spiral where my daughters place a special star each day of Advent time.
I would love to hear about the traditions and customs in your family this time of year.
In the comments section below, share with us your family traditions leading up to the Winter Solstice and Christmas. On the second Sunday of Advent (Sunday, December 9th), in the evening, we will randomly choose three winners to receive a FREE copy of our Advent and St. Nicholas Day Festival Book or another of your choice! Be sure to check back here to see if you won.