the melancholeric

M. 25. Virgo. INFJ. Degree in fiber art. Waldorf training drop-out. Elementary School Teacher-to-be. Finding my way through the world without a compass.

waldorf question

Question: Why does Waldorf education employ the use of the advent wreath, but have each candle denote a different part of the natural world? For example, homespun Waldorf-inspired homeschool mommy bloggers across the world lit their advent candles for “the world of plants” this week, and last week for “the world of minerals.” There are numerous verses that were invented to go along with this, but I am still a bit confused by it.

 Waldorf doesn’t really pussyfoot around the idea of Christianity (verses about God, stories about the saints, an entire year devoted to stories of the Old Testament), so why invent this different approach to the advent wreath? Why must it be something more than a marker for the weeks to Christmas? Or if you want to go that far, markers to the birth of the Christ child?

 I’m a Lutheran, very liberal and open-minded, but like many Lutherans I’m pretty firmly attached to the traditions of the church and I don’t really like when people mess with them. So…is this nature-based advent wreath typical of the Waldorf classroom, or is it only really found in the semi-Waldorf homeschool realm?

  1. frauluther reblogged this from galesofnovember and added:
    I find some of the syncretism so creepy. Why couldn’t they stick to making felt gnomes and felt nativities and keep them...
  2. galesofnovember reblogged this from themelancholeric and added:
    oh melancholeric, I wish you and I went to the same training program so we could pass notes during class, written in...
  3. themelancholeric reblogged this from galesofnovember and added:
    Even my church has occasionally done kooky things like say a prayer about “The Shepherd Candle” etc, but I think if I...