Every December, all the children in our school gather to walk the advent spiral. In the past, this beautiful tradition took place in a hushed and darkened room, accompanied by harp music and candle light.
This year, we went out with our hats and gloves on. The breeze and the blue jays joined us. Rather than candles, children carried apples, bulbs, oranges, and pine cones. And though it looked and felt very different, it was still a gorgeous way to acknowledge the season.
The Class of 2020 walked the Advent Spiral as a class for the last time on Thursday. Some of them had been walking a similar spiral since they were in preschool. Others walked it for the first time. After the ceremony, class teacher Kristine Deason shared her thoughts with 8th grade parents, who, unlike in years past, weren’t able to witness the tradition as usual. We want to share what she wrote, below, as well as some of the beautiful photos our staff took of the day.
Earlier today, the 8th grade class walked our outdoor Advent Spiral, beautifully built by the Parent Association over the weekend. Out of respect for fire danger, we carried bright oranges instead of candles — each student carrying the “fruits of their labors” into the center of the spiral.
We have walked the spiral together every year since First Grade, and this was our last time as a class. Beforehand, I recapitulated the experience, mindful of those students who would be experiencing it for the first time. I described how, at this time of year, walking the spiral invites us to bring our own light into the darkness and thereby illuminate it. It is harder to experience this in the light of day, but I described to the class that this year our walk would be a journey inward. The students took it up with thoughtfulness and reverence. It was a gift to take part in this with them.
Please enjoy the photos. We hope they convey some small measure of the mood we experienced.
We walked the spiral today mindful of those friends who could not join us. You were in our hearts and we miss you very much.