We celebrated our Winter Spiral this week. It was a bittersweet night. The spiral and the “ceremony” blew me over with its beauty. The fact that my kids are growing up smacked me in the face and knocked me over. This may be our last spiral as my kids were not interested in it at all. I, personally, love the spiral, the community gathering, and the activities. However, my kids feel that they have outgrown it-although, they have a good time once it starts.
The night was COLD! We had to put out blankets as we read the story and lit the spiral and light a nice fire in the fire pit for the activity (thankfully, the open fire ban in our county was lifted last week!).
We read the story, “The Lantern Prince,” from Sparkle Stories again this year. They advertise it as a Martinmas story, but I feel that it fits perfectly with lighting the spiral.
After the spiral, we went to fill bags for a local charity with personal items such as toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, lip balm, etc.
The night ended with the parents hanging out by the fire trying desperately to stay warm while the kids ran around in the darkness of the night.
And the winter begins!