The way waldorf schools celebrate advent really speaks to me. I am thinking we will try celebrating the four week festival of advent this year as a way to lead up to christmas and the solstice. I like how they recognize and celebrate the strength and beauty of all four of the kingdoms of the natural world, paying tribute to the mineral world, plant kingdom, animals. and human beings. There doesn't seem to be so much of a focus on the birth or christ, but there's something spiritual there that we appreciate.
My understanding is advent is traditionally observed by catholics. What's the link with the way waldorf approaches it? Is is prechristian/pagan? Also, what's up with the advent spiral? Is that lighted on Christmas eve, or each day starting from December 1 as like an alternative to the advent calendar?