The second Light of Advent; it is the Light of plants:
Plants that reach up to the sun and in the breezes dance.
-The second part of a traditional Waldorf School Advent verse
Advent is here, and many of us are left scrambling trying to catch up from the first week of Advent. Not to worry, the second week brings promise of a beautiful, nourishing week. It’s a wonderful week to refresh your Advent Wreath (or make one or bring one out if you haven’t done that yet!), and to get a Christmas tree if that is part of your tradition in celebrating Advent. It also could be a wonderful week to celebrate a Winter Spiral with some friends or a wonderful walk in the woods.
This week also has two traditionally celebrated feasts in it – both the Feast Day for Our Lady of Gaudalupe, the Patroness of the Americas, celebrated on December 12 and Santa Lucia Day celebrated on December 13. Here are some suggestions for this week:
A general story to fit in with the plant theme:
For Our Lady of Guadalupe:
Link with pictures of this celebration (full disclosure, I am Episcopalian)
For Santa Lucia Day:
From Tiziana Boccaletti: A Gentle Santa Lucia Story
From Christine Natale, A Little Story for St. Lucy’s Day
From Christine Natale, Saint Lucy in Sweden with the help of Saint Stephen
Here are two craft suggestions:
For years, we have made the recipe here (and this page has a link to a Santa Lucia song on it as well) listed here as our Santa Lucia bun. This year I think I am going to modify this reciple for orange sweet rolls to include a little less sugar/glaze and add some saffron to make it more yellow. I will let you know you how it turns out!
I would love to hear your plans for the week!
Blessings and love,