The third week of Advent is the week of animals according to the Waldorf verse. So we added animals to our crib and lighted the 3rd candle which is pink. Pink which means to rejoice…..because the Lord is near, He will soon be born!
At home the 3rd week we do some acts of kindness related to the animal world by leaving food for them outside. We also do a kindness tree and write a letter to Jesus. The letter will bring forth gratitude for this past year and our hopes for the coming. This will then be burned on the Winter Solstice.
The 3rd week also brings Winter Solstice. In our home we bake the sun bread, we wake early in the morning to see the sun rise. If we meet with our friends we do an Advent Spiral – a reminder that while this is the shortest day and darkness is around us, we will soon have the expanding sun again bringing light with the promise of Spring and Summer. The spiral can also be seen as the darkness being taken over anew by our Lord Jesus, bringing us back to light and being saved. We usually do a bonfire in the evening in which we burn our Jesus letter and enjoy some family time together.
And what will you do on this third week?