Each December, students, faculty and families at Seacoast Waldorf School gather to celebrate light, community and sharing.
Whether it’s walking in the Portsmouth Illuminated Holiday Parade, decorating our school and grounds with stars and lights, the lighting of fires in our garden and candles in our classrooms, or the exchange of gifts and thanks, we take the time to honor the winter Solstice with special joy.
Today, at dusk, Seacoast Waldorf School will be celebrating the Winter Spiral. This event marks the moving from darkness to light.
In a simple but moving ceremony, as quiet music plays, children walk in turn to the center of a spiral path of evergreen boughs, each carrying an unlit candle.
When they reach the center of the spiral, there is a single burning candle, from which they light their own – a symbol of life amidst the dead of winter. They then carefully place their candle down along the path as they walk back out. The light brightens the path for those who follow.
This is a quiet celebration, symbolizing the carrying of light in darkness and of sharing our light with others. The festival begins in darkness and ends brightly lit by the many candles – and gives all those in attendance a way to experience quiet beauty in a season of constant, harried motion.