The day before the first Sunday in Advent, I set up two Nativity scenes: one on the Nature Table in our schoolroom, and one “adult” nativity scene in a different room. I am very lucky in that my husband’s grandmother made our Nativity scenes in her ceramic shop a long time ago. She died right before our first child was born, and it gives me such pleasure to look at her beautiful handwork.
The Nativity Scene in the schoolroom is on a light blue silk and so far consists of Mary and Joseph on the right flanked by some very large conch shells with a path of seashells laid out before them leading to the manger. This Nativity Scene is actually a child’s Nativity with all chubby-faced children and fits in well with our schoolroom. The shells are keeping in line with our first week of Advent that celebrates the mineral kingdom preparing to receive their Creator and King.
“The first light of Advent is the light of stone-
Stones that live in crystals, seashells and bone.” – attributed to Steiner
Over the week we hope to add some crystals to our Nature Table Nativity Scene.
The adult Nativity Scene is set up on a dark blue felt and is set up with everything with the exception of the infant Jesus. Our Advent wreath is also in this area as well. Little by little we will be decorating for Christmas.
Our plans for this week include daily readings from the Bible, making two kinds of cookies, starting a green and red construction paper chain with Bible verses on it to mark each day until Christmas, and several Advent crafts revolving around Saint Nicholas. We are reading Jakob Streit’s “Saint Nicholas” each night in preparation for Saint Nicholas Day and also reading a story from “A Light In The Lantern” each night as well.
Our biggest plan for the week entails surprising our neighbors with Christmas cookies on Saint Nicholas Eve. We are looking forward to that!
I hope you have a wonderful week as well,