During Advent, our focus is on anticipating, preparing, and celebrating the coming of Our Savior. We think of how the whole world is getting ready for the birth of Jesus Christ. This first week, we look to the mineral kingdom.
In the Waldorf tradition, as a way to simplify and bring order to our anticipating and celebrating, we focus on one kingdom each week. The first week is the mineral kingdom. During the second week of Advent, we will focus on the plant kingdom, then the animal kingdom, and then humankind.
This week, as we set our focus on the mineral kingdom, we think of the stars in the heavens and how they declare the glory of God, and how they celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. We read The Three Wise Men by Loek Koopmans.
"Long, long ago, a very special star appeared in the night sky. It shone more brightly than all the other stars, and people shouted with excitement when they saw it. They pointed up at the sky, calling their neighbours to come and look at it. It was the most beautiful star that anyone had ever seen."
(Three Wise Men, Loek Koopmans)
After reading this beautiful and gentle story of the Three Wise Men and the star they followed, we made stars using the wet-on-wet watercolor technique. Their soft and peaceful colors celebrate the coming of our Savior!