Advent Garden Parent Evening—Monday, December 2, 7:00-7:30PM


Winter festivals are a special time in a Waldorf School. The season begins with the Advent Garden Spiral.

We offer a special opportunity for parents to experience this heartwarming and soul-enriching celebration before the children experience it the next day. 

Parents, alumni, and all adult community members are invited. You are especially encouraged to attend if you are new to Da Vinci Waldorf School and have not had the opportunity to witness this special celebration.
Please Note: Please be on time. Late entry will be denied due to the reverent nature of this event.
The event will be held at Da Vinci Waldorf School. Please arrive a few minutes early and enter the building in a reverent, quiet mood. Remove shoes and wait in the Early Childhood hallway. Once the group has assembled, you will be led into the room silently to wait for the experience to unfold. Each participant will walk the evergreen spiral and light a candle. Please depart in silence, filled with the warmth of the season.

Students in Early Childhood and younger grades will experience the Advent Garden Spiral on Tuesday, December 3rd.

Advent, a time of waiting and becoming, is perhaps the favorite and most precious time of year for children. There is much warmth, anticipation, and loving preparation for the holiday season. At a time of year when we can be consumed by consumerism and rushed by busy social calendars, the essence of Advent calls upon us to slow down, breathe deeply, prepare, and wonder. We are called to spiritually walk the Advent spiral, the path we have the children walk in our Advent Garden.

The Advent Garden is a large spiral path of evergreens that leads to a center table upon which one candle will be lit in a darkened room. The path is adorned with large stars, and representations of the four earthly kingdoms (mineral, plant, animal, and humankind) are present in the garden. Crystals shine with reflections of the flickering candlelight. 9a21f54a-7572-4ff0-8251-ea9ad81fcfc1

After an opening verse and story, music is gently played while each child in turn walks the path to the center carrying a candle held in an apple. The candle is lit, and then the child walks out. On the journey out, the child chooses a star upon which to place the candle. Not only is there great anticipation as one enters toward the light, but also wonder in the beauty of how the room lightens with each individual deed.

The gift of the light we thankfully take,
But not shall it be alone for our sake.
The more we give light the one to the other,
It shines and spreads life a-growing still further;
Till every spark by friends set aflame,
Till every heart the joy shall proclaim;
Not long shall continue the dark of the year,
The Christ draws near.
~M. Tittman