It has been awhile since I have been here. I've been spending a lot of time looking at a lot of other inspiring blogs, reading and learning more about Waldorf education, and doing some thinking and changing to our daily routine. My posts may be different as a result. Without going into too much detail, I find an appreciation for the Waldorf philosophy as much as I do Montessori and at times it can be a struggle as a parent and an educator. Anyway, I am excited to be posting again and I hope you will continue to join me.
Our countdown to Christmas last year was a traditional advent box with small boxes holding presents for each of the 25 days to Christmas. Halfway through this advent box I decided we would not be using it again. Giving out 25 small presents (and even finding 25 things to fit in the box) felt contrary to my efforts to teach the real meaning of Christmas to my children.
This year, this is our countdown to Christmas. I started this 12 days before Christmas. It is actually our birthday ring, just not in the circle shape. Each night at dinner we read a verse or two from the Christmas story (as told in the New Testament) We add a candle and then count how many days until Christmas. The white candle is saved for the last night before Christmas. It is simple, it works and it feels like the focus is more on our reason for celebrating Christmas.