Our Advent Fair is held on the weekend before the start of Advent, and members of the school community often make Advent Strings to sell around Fair time. Advent Strings are a wonderful alternative to a commercial advent calendar. Each day a small parcel is opened which contains a seasonal item that together can be used to make an Advent display. Ours strings usually culminate in the nativity, and the items can be used year after year, with a little care and fresh wrapping!
This year our Class 2 parents have put together the strings. They have made items that reflect a Steiner-inspired view of Advent, with each week’s parcels representing a different part of the natural world;
The first light of Advent is the light of stone–.
Stones that live in crystals, seashells, and bones.
The second light of Advent is the light of plants–
Plants that reach up to the sun and in the breezes dance.
The third light of Advent is the light of beasts–
All await the birth, from the greatest and in least.
The fourth light of Advent is the light of humankind–
The light of hope that we may learn to love and understand.
There were 11 strings made, and they have sold very quickly by advance order even before they were finished! Please check in the school shop if you wish to buy one – you may be lucky.
But do not despair! One string has been retained and will be raffled at the Advent Fair this coming Saturday, 23rd November. Buy your tickets at the fair! Pictures of just some of the goodies in the string are shown below… but if you’d rather it was a surprise, don’t peak!