today we celebrate candlemas. on this day we are halfway between the winter solstice and the spring equinox. like last year, we brought our candles together and lit them...with a blessing and thoughts of the coming spring.
my firmness and strength gives me ground that is sure,
for the light of the child is gentle and pure.
all things become bathed with healing, gold light,
when i look at the world with love in my sight.
watch the gnomes split and crumble the stuff of the earth,
while the light, airy sylphs bring a green world to birth.
with great joy i am learning to give what they need,
for i bring them the light, and they are grateful indeed!
i was so busy with my blog move that i forgot to post about the celebration of epiphany (three kings day), which is on january 6. this is the day when the magi, or three kings, arrived at the stable to visit and give gifts to the newborn christ child. often during this celebration in waldorf schools, a teacher or parent will bake a large sweet bread with three almonds hidden inside. the children will eat the bread and each child who finds an almond will wear a golden crown for the day. also in many traditions, any christmas decorations and greenery that were put up during the holidays are taken down on this day.