A Waldorf advent journey

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This post is sponsored by Honeybee Toys

On our Advent journey this year, we will be celebrating Earth’s natural kingdoms, in the Waldorf tradition.

The first light of Advent is the light of stones–
Light that lives in crystals, seashells, and bones.
The second light of Advent is the light of plants–
Plants that reach up to the sun and in the breezes dance.
The third light of Advent is the light of beasts–
All await the birth, from the greatest and in least.
The fourth light of Advent is the light of humankind–
The light of hope that we may learn to love and understand.

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We are using our birthday ring ~ repurposed for Advent ~ where each Sunday of Advent we will light a candle.

Our Advent ring will sit atop a beautiful blue playsilk, with a rose red playsilk in the centre.

Colours traditionally used in many Waldorf households as the colours of Mary. Blue representing thoughtfulness and introspection, while the blush red speaks to our human nature.

And guiding the way is the Angel.

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For the first week of Advent we will place semi precious stones and seashells.

The first light of Advent is the light of stone–.
Light that lives in crystals, seashells, and bones.

We will light the candle with reverence and contemplation.

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For the second week of advent we will place sweet flowers and leaves.

The second light of Advent is the light of plants–
Plants that reach up to the sun and in the breezes dance.

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We will place wooden animals around our Advent ring for the start of the third week

The third light of Advent is the light of beasts–
All await the birth, from the greatest and in least.

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And for the fourth week of Advent, we will place Mary and Joseph, with baby Jesus

The fourth light of Advent is the light of humankind–
The light of hope that we may learn to love and understand

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We will soak up this slow and reflective journey.

Slowly building anticipation as we move closer to Christmas.

Our lovely Advent supplies are from Honeybee Toys. An Australian Family-owned business with a passion for childhood and the value of real play.

???  You can follow along on Facebook and Instagram to see snippets of our days ???

Blessings, Kelly

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9 Comments

  • Reply Di johnson November 22, 2016 at 10:45 am

    I love this tradition but I leave the mineral, plant and animal kingdom items in place as the weeks go by so that the full kingdoms of the earth are in place by Christmas. I also pin a dark blue silk cloth behind and add a smattering of gold stars coming down to Earth.
    Have a beautiful Christmas.

    • Reply Kelly November 23, 2016 at 1:36 pm

      That’s a lovely way to do it 🙂 I always admire the dark bue cloth with the shining stars – I think if mine wasn’t on our dinner table I would have something similar 🙂

  • Reply Danya November 28, 2016 at 2:01 pm

    I hadn’t heard of this way to celebrate advent before – it sounds so calming.

  • Reply Christmas gifts for Waldorf children ~ Happy Whimsical Hearts November 28, 2016 at 7:32 pm

    […] lovely angel, and blue and blush red play silks are also for Christmas, they will be part of our Advent journey which I shared about last […]

  • Reply Renee November 29, 2016 at 5:21 pm

    this sounds like such a peaceful and calming way to celebrate advent. What a beautiful idea.

  • Reply Kelly December 2, 2016 at 9:30 am

    Oh what a beautiful tradition! These are the types of things kids remember.

  • Reply kate @ livinglovinglaughing December 2, 2016 at 10:29 pm

    ohhhhh that is so lovely and such a beautiful way to follow the christmas story. so charming – as always!!

  • Reply Nichole {youclevermonkey} December 3, 2016 at 3:10 pm

    It’s so interesting learning about other Christmas traditions. Such lovely photos Kelly – your place just seems to radiate calm!

  • Reply Kate @ the craft train December 5, 2016 at 2:25 pm

    What a lovely way to celebrate advent! I love your little felt Mary & Joseph.

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