Winter Solstice Discovery Jar

Happy Winter Solstice!

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Deep peace of the winter solstice to you.

Deep peace of the falling snow to you.

Deep peace of the love of friends to you.

Deep peace of the gentle deer to you.

Deep peace of the moon and stars to you.

The Winter Solstice is the shortest day of the year and the first day of winter in the Northern Hemisphere. This day marks the winter season which continues until the Spring Equinox. Yule was celebrated before the conversion to Christianity in many cultures and this ancient festival still holds strong roots in all we see in the Winter Solstice as well as Christmastime. 

Celebrating the solstice is a magical time in Waldorf homes and schools. All of our winter books bring this warming festival into the lives of your children with warm recipes, songs, crafts and meditations. 

Our Winter Festivals Book has such wonderful ideas for you to celebrate this beautiful season with your children. Additionally, our Preschool/Kindergarten Program weaves this magical time into the lessons during the winter months. And, as I write the Winter Semester of our First Grade Curriculum,

I’m excited to share this beautiful craft with you today to enjoy with your children. Regardless of whether or not you live in a cold environment, this is an easy way to bring a little bit of winter indoors.

Go on a nature walk with your child and collect different species of evergreen samples. You might also wish to gather a few winter berries, small pinecones, acorns and other items. Back at home fill up an old spaghetti jar with your items and add a few other holiday trinkets. We used simple beads and sparkly pipe cleaners cut up into pieces. You may also wish to add a bit of glitter. When you have it just right, fill your jar with water and close it up. The water will work as a magnifying glass and makes the most beautiful holiday display. This was a huge (and simple!) hit at our house!

We hope you enjoy. Remember the most beautiful way to celebrate the season is with simplicity, love and gatherings.

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