(photo credit: whitt, flickr link here)The spiral is fragrantly decorated with evergreen boughs, crystals, seashells, and other elements from Nature. In the center is a wooden stump with a large candle. Each child reverently carries an apple holding a beeswax candle through the two and a half turns of the spiral while soft lyre music plays. In the center the child lights their candle then walks back, stopping to light a candle on the floor and placing a glass lantern over top.
(photo credit: FaerieWaldorf, etsy link here)
Caitlyn tiptoed the entire way as she solemnly carried her candle. She looked beautiful in her new red and cream holiday dress, cream and red snowflakes tights, and long french braid. (Of course, her behavior was less than stellar as she waited her turn, but I chalk that up to being Caitlyn.) In true San Diego form it was an 80º evening so the only thing missing was cold weather.
I also enjoyed the dusk Lantern Walk through Presidio Park for the Michaelmas celebration in November, but there was something truly special about the Advent Spiral. Although this will be our last year at Waldorf, I know this is a special tradition we will recreate in our home every December.