This evening our church held it's first Advent Spiral walk. The girls and I arrived a couple of hours ahead of time to get the spiral all set up. They were so focused and dedicated to the task at hand.
The spiral was readied and the candles prepared.
Now, just to wait for everyone to arrive!
Since we were the only family who had walked a Spiral before it was decided that Grace and Emma should go first. They did a wonderful job! It didn't take long before our Spiral started to be illuminated.
I love that this sweet couple walked to the center and back hand in hand. Even if I did not know them I would instantly know that this is how they walk through life together.
It's always amazing to see how different people walk the Spiral.
Some are really quite and focused. Others are much quicker.
And this sweet picture of a grandfather and his granddaughters is one of my most favorite of the night. Normally, photography is not allowed during the walking. I am so happy that we allowed it (as long as the flash was not used) so that moments like this could be captured for time and all eternity.
One of Grace's most favorite things to do during Advent is to walk the Spiral. As she had been second to walk this one (and therefore only one apple candle was lit when she walked) she asked if she could go once more. I knew she wanted a chance to be in the enchanting Spiral all lit up. I am glad that she walked it again and I wish that Emma been in the room at the time so she could have walked it a second time too.
The harp and flute Christmas music we had playing helped to make the experience all that more enchanting. The quiet. The scents. The chance to sit in a dimly lit, peace filled room truly is the perfect way to begin the holiday season. I loved looking around at the members of our faith community and seeing peace and serenity wash over them. It is a moment I will carry with me always.
And just like that, a bit of the Waldorf world is brought to our sweet church and a new tradition is begun!