Be a part of the tradition, join us for this year's Winter Garden on Tuesday, December 1 at 2:30 p.m at the Waldorf School of Baltimore.
As we approach the Winter Solstice, the darkest time of the year, many traditions celebrate with festivals that bring light into the darkness. Lighting the Advent candles, the Chanukah candles, the Yule Log, and the Christmas tree all remind us of a miracle of light—be it a lamp that stayed lit for eight days, the return of the sun, or the birth of the Christmas child—that came at in a time of darkness. At Waldorf Schools worldwide, we celebrate this time of year by walking the spiral pathway in the Winter Garden.
To symbolize the darkness of the winter days, the Winter Garden is lit by only one candle at the center of a spiral of green boughs. After hearing a seasonal story, each child walks the spiral to its center carrying an unlit candle. In the center an Eighth Grade Angel helps each child light his or her candle. Then the child retraces the path, placing the candle along the spiral, amid the boughs. Hidden amongst the greenery are treasures of nature, crystals, stones, stars, and seashells; as the candlelight grows ever stronger, these gifts of the earth begin to sparkle in the darkness.
The mood of the Winter Garden is one of wonder, peace, and joy. The Winter Garden will take place on Tuesday, December 1 and Wednesday, December 2, during the school day. On Tuesday the Winter Garden will be open to families and community members —Tuesday, December 1, from 2:30 - 3:30 p.m., in the Eurythmy Room. We warmly invite you to enjoy this magical experience. View the Flyer
Learn more about Waldorf Education at our Special Windows Into Waldorf Tour Tuesday, December 1st at 1:00 p.m. before the Winter Garden.