For days, the entire school community brings in garland, moss, pine cones and tree trimmings. They spend hours creating a large and beautiful spiral path of enchanted greenery which circles around itself to a center where a single candle stands. At the base of the spiral are red apples, each holding a single, unlit white candle. After dark, families gather with their children in silent reverence. The center candle is lit. Each child chooses an apple and walks with their unlit candle, in the dark of night, through the spiral to its center where they then light their own candle from the central light and as they make their way back, they place their lit candle somewhere along the darkened spiral on their way out.
As more and more children walk the spiral, light fills the darkened night.
Enjoy Advent, the four weeks leading up to Christmas -- the time of quiet introspection and joyful anticipation. In other traditions as well, this season of shortening days and lengthening nights is a time for reflecting on and honoring the past, looking to the future, and searching for inner light in a period of outer darkness - something that so often gets lost in the commercialism that can cloud the significance of the season.