Monday, May 17, 2010

birthday ring


One of the fabulous things that I love about Waldorf education is the emphasis on tradition and rythmn. One of the wonderful Waldorf traditions that we have adopted in our home is the 'birthday ring'.

Twelve days before a birthday (or other looked-forward-to event) the ring is pulled out and set up. Each day a small gnome is pulled from the bag and fitted into one of the slots on the ring.
On the final day, a small candle is placed in the last empty hole and lit. The kids love the build up of anticipation to their day....and it seems to make it all the more special.
I got ours off of Etsy (of course) from a seller called Mamaroots. There are various types of rings available when you start to look around. Some have all candles, some have small wooden figurines, some have both....


Today, ours looks like this as we wait for Briar's fourth birthday to arrive.....

6 comments:

Everyday Song said...

What a lovely idea!

Jolly said...

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Anne said...

:)

Twig and Toadstool said...

I LOVE this!!! I need to get me a birthday ring...what a beautiful tradition!
with loving gratitude
Maureen

Amber said...

I love the tradition and rhythm of Waldorf, too. We don't have a birthday ring, yet, but I did buy sort of a half of a ring for our nature table, and I was thinking of buying the other half to make it complete for special occasions. Reading your experience has spurred me to do that.

Anonymous said...

Oh I love that!!! That sure beats marking the calendar with big red X's. Gnomes are MUCH more fun!! I'll have to check out that Etsy site. Thanks!!

XO,
Kat in Berlin