I have read about the beautiful spirals done in Waldorf schools in December, but had never attempted our own until....now! And it was every bit as magical and beautiful as I had hoped.
e and I raked up pine needles into the spiral and laid pine boughs rescued from a tree lot over the pine needles. We set bricks for the candles, warmed the cider, filled a bucket of water, and invited our neighbors and of course S and s. We sang Rise Up O Flame, read a winter poem, and then walked the spiral. The kids played on the swingset, swinging high above the spiral in the dark. It was a beautiful night.
This morning e and I went to see if any animals had found the apple snacks (from the candle-holders) we had left out in the spiral for them. Indeed, one was missing and three had been partially eaten. We even found a very happy slug eating its apple breakfast.