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#1 of 6 Old 12-01-2006, 10:10 AM - Thread Starter
 
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Does anyone have any suggestions for Advent prayers/poems...things to say while we're opening our Advent calendar and/or lighting the candles on our Advent wreath?

Our parent-tot teacher had a nice one that she used when lighting the candles that called on the four winds but I can't remember it.

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I'm looking for ideas for this too.

I asked my son who's in waldorf kindergarten if he could think of one and he came up with

Little Jack Frost nipping at my nose
Little Jack Frost nipping at my toes
Run inside and shut the door
And little Jack Frost won't nip me anymore

Which is cute and wintery but not really advent-y. So i'd love something else to do.

I think part of Advent is bringing your light (inner light, home light) into the shorter days and increasing darkness of winter. So a verse or rhyme with light or warmth imagery would be really nice to find.
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I'm looking forward to some ideas for this as I just got out our calendar! I am so excited as it's a lovely felt one that is a replica of the one I had as a child.
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Kytka at Waldorf Homeschoolers www.waldorfhomeschoolers.com offers these verses:

Verse For Lighting the Advent Wreath Candles
(Rudolf Steiner)

The first light of Advent is the light of stones.
Stones that live in crystals, seashells, and bones.

The second light of Advent is the light of plants.
Roots, stem, leaf, flower and fruit by whom we live and grow.

The third light of Advent is the light of beasts.
Animals of farm, field, forest, air and sea.
All await the birth in greatest and in least.

The fourth light of Advent is the light of humankind.
The light of love, the light of thought, to give and to understand.

Candle Verse

A candle's but a simple thing,
it starts with just a bit of string,
But dipped or rolled with patient hand,
it gathers wax upon the strand.
Until complete and snowy white,
it gives at last a lovely light.
Life seems so like that bit of string,
each deed we do a simple thing.
Yet day by day on life's strand,
we work with patient heart and hand.
It gathers joy, makes dark days bright,
and gives at last a lovely light.

Candle and Advent Wreath Verse:
Special Thanks to Karen Smith, Atlanta for sharing!

Here's the link to the Advent page where she shares this information:

http://www.waldorfhomeschoolers.com/advent.htm
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Thanks! I picked up a copy of the first one at our holiday faire this past week and that's what we've been using!
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Thank you, I really prefer the translation above to the one we have been using. (first light, second light...).

Peace.
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