It is so wonderful that we get an entire week for the fourth week of Advent this year! There are so many wonderful traditions to do this week, including a celebration of Winter Solstice on December 21.
The Advent Verse from the London Steiner School says:
The fourth Light of Advent It is the Light of humankind:
The Light of hope, of thoughts and deeds,
The Light of hand, heart and mind.
(Again, Advent Verse – London Steiner School)
This, to me, illuminates the true meaning of Christmastide to come. We come to this Earth with gifts, with hopes, thoughts and the ability to do good deeds for all of humankind and for the least among us. It is our personal responsibility to see the justice and dignity of all people. It is our gift to help and encourage mankind and to provide the goodness and beauty we wish to see in this world. We are here to love and serve others.
So, this week is all about the light and love we can bring to the world. If you are looking for ideas, I suggest these back posts:
My ideas for the week of Advent with its focus on mankind and kind deeds include
Creating/placing people on the Nativity Scene (some place the shepherds out this week if St. Mary and St. Joseph are already out)
Baking gingerbread people
Doing beautiful acts of kindness for those who need it most.
Thanking the workers of your community – postal people, fire people, police, garbage collectors, teachers, mentors, instructors, and more!
For celebrating Solstice, the first day of winter, I love winter walks, dinners by candlight, sun bread, sun tea, making little treats for the birds and decorating an outdoor tree.
How about walking a beautiful Advent Spiral? You can see this post from 2014 as to how to prepare a beautiful Spiral for your own family or community.
Keep shining in the darkness,