This beautiful Wooden Advent Wheel takes children and adults on a journey – ultimately to the centre, towards light and a celebration of Christmas, yule or midwinter.
The illustration captures winter, with its animals and people – but more than this it allows us space to think about the rocks beneath our feet and the plants around us. Each week welcomes a new element, minerals, rocks and bones, then plants, followed by animals and then humans.
In my family use our wheel as a table centre – to keep space and focus and we move a small wooden Mother Mary closer to the centre each day: we also light a candle each week. On each Sunday of advent we light one more candle, so this space gets increasingly light: even though the world outside is dark. We use this time just before our meal to remember that we are each a light in the dark. And then on Christmas morning we light all the candles and enjoy our celebrations!
It’s a great way to gently build excitement and journey towards Christmas rather than just arrive! Advent is a magical and mindful time drawing close and the cold draws in and we find the time to connect with ourselves, our family and the cosmos.
The first light of advent is the light of the stones.
The light that shines in seashells, crystals and in bones.
The Second light of advent is the light of plants.
Plants that reach up to the sun and in the breezes dance.
The third light of advent is the light of the beasts.
The light of hope that we see in the greatest and in the least.
The fourth light of advent is the light of man.
The light of love, the light of thought to give and understand.
296mm diameter x 9mm – Made on 9mm uncoated PEFC plywood, using inks with no VOCs, Formaldehyde free, no heavy metals. The wood, paper packing and mental fixings are each recyclable. 100% plastic free. Packing is made of recycled cardboard. Made in GB
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