Comments on: The After-Christmas God the practical spirituality of unconditional love Tue, 27 Jul 2010 11:12:14 +0000 hourly 1 By: Stacey McRee Thu, 24 May 2007 05:38:27 +0000 In the Waldorf School movement, festivals are enthusiastically celebrated. In the USA they are becoming less practiced in the face of antagonism from media-influenced anti-spiritual parents, but the traditions are strong, fun, and rich with songs, plays, crafts, stories, nature activ- ities,foods and decorations; and for the grown-ups a commprehensive spiritual background to what is happening in the cosmos at that time of year which is being portrayed and celebrated through all the activity. As an example, below is a flyer sent home to me when my son was in Kindergarten. It contains some further thoughts about carrying the Christmas mood beyond Dec. 25th, particularly for the children:

Dear Red Rose Kindergarten Parents,

Enclosed you will find a set of twelve colored beeswax candles made for you by your child. Many times, people have expressed to us a feeling of “let down” after Advent and Christmas. It is our hope to answer this feeling by offering you an idea of what might happen in your home during the twelve evenings following Christmas, leading up to Epiphany – Three Kings’ Day – on January 6th.

On December 25th you could light the candle for January, sing a carol and then look back to the past January and any events you may recall that happened.
For example, did Grandparents visit, or aunts, uncles, … a new pet came? Were there any deaths or births, or birthdays of people important to you? What was your family doing? Then look forward … any plans, resolutions, any hopes for the new year? You might sing another carol, then say a little verse for January as you put the candle out. And so on, for each month. If you can keep some of each candle unused, you might be able to light the entire ring on the 6th of January.

The candles can be arranged according to this color order : Magenta for January
Bright Red for February, Pink for March, Coral for April, Orange for May, Golden Yellow for June, Yellow for July, Green for August, Light Blue for September,
Deep Blue for October, Deep Purple for November, Wine Purple for December.

Gloria in excelsis Deo, pax hominibus bonae voluntatis !
Glory in the heights of God, peace to men of good will !

Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year to all you parents of such good will !
from the Red Rose Kindergarten teachers