Heading Toward Winter | The Parenting Passageway

All outside the house is darkish and chilly

But just beneath the earth

Snooze seeds from which new existence spring

Bringing Nature’s gifts to birth

  • Betty Jones, from “A Child’s Seasonal Treasury”

The times are shorter, the nights are colder, and the leaves on the deciduous trees have fallen. We are headed towards winter, a time of deep relaxation, a time of jobs, a time of ponder at snow and lights and the beautiful winter sky with the skeletons of trees etched against the horizon.

We can set up a seasonal table with snow white and pink silks, crystals of quartz and amethyst, glass vases, paper snowflakes or an beautiful Arrival tableau with a dim blue silk with candles and gold paper stars. The standard Advent wreath can come out.

We are transferring from a time of mourning and remembering our ancestors, the saints, those who have gone prior to us to a new yr and a new path. We are getting ready for what is to arrive. What are the deepest longings of your heart for the coming 12 months? Arrival can be a time of fasting and getting ready and thinking about for this new starting. I have previously chosen my phrase of the 12 months for 2023 (for much more on that custom, see here)..I feel this is going to be a Significant year, so I chose the term Bold. I will have just one boy or girl ending college or university in December 2023, a different boy or girl starting higher education in 2023, we will have been on our farm for two yrs in the spring, and with this I am creating some new and diverse options in the midst of this seventh seven yr cycle of my have everyday living and also returning to my roots in quite a few strategies.

I am dreaming of some kind of Waldorf homeschool opportunity for large schoolers and I am again to wanting to train at homeschool conferences. Waldorf parenting and schooling is so nurturing to all family associates, no matter what the age. It attracts me in with its therapeutic impulse around and above once more.

What is calling you for winter?