Advent Spiral

A beautiful and peaceful experience amongst all the busyness of Christmas

4th December 2017


The word Advent derives from Latin, meaning arrival or to come. Advent signifies endings and beginnings and is a time of preparation; the mood is one of peace and calm, but also of joyful anticipation – particularly for the children – Christmas is coming! Advent begins on the Sunday closest to November 30th and ends four Sundays later, celebrating the coming of winter’s darkness and the beauty of light within it.

The spiral represents natural renewal, mystery and life, and appears symbolically in ancient and modern cultures throughout the world. The advent spiral is built from evergreen leaves to symbolise vibrant life even in the coldness of winter.

In the centre of the spiral will be a lit candle. One at a time, each child will carry an apple with a small unlit beeswax candle placed inside it; slowly walking along the spiral path and lighting their candle from the centre light. On their return journey each child will place their apple and candle where they choose along the spiral path. Soft music will be playing. By the end of the celebration the path will be beautifully lit, a reminder that even in the dark days of winter we can bring light into the world to help us on our journey.