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Simple gift giving

Monday, November 18, 2013

Well, I believe that the holiday season is at least (almost) officially upon us.  Thanksgiving is next week and so is Hanukkah! And all of the other winter holidays are not too far behind.  Next week, we will have classes only on Tuesday and Wednesday morning.  School closes at noon on Wednesday for the long Thanksgiving weekend.  I am looking forward to having Gabi home for a few days and eating lots of good food, too.  For those of you I will not see next week, a very happy Thanksgiving
I tracked down the handout on gift giving that I told some of you about.  It is written about birthday presents, but it certainly applies to any time when gifts are part of the celebration.  I am also really copying the Compassionate Response meditation for you this week.  Sorry, I accidentally copied the other side of the page, so you got the summary of chapter 2 instead—interesting, but not what I was intending to give you.

After Thanksgiving, we will get back to the chapter on Soul Fever.  I am hoping that we can share some of our favorite simple holiday traditions and also any ideas for gift giving this week. 

I also wanted to let you know, at the beginning of this season of light, how grateful I am to all of you for sharing your precious time with me.  I am constantly reminded of the simple joys in life and how amazingly wonderful it is to enter into this life, with all of its joys and challenges.  Our early childhood classes have the names of flowers, and while we don’t have an official name, I think of Parent Child as the Wonder Garden—the unfolding and blossoming of the children and parents, and even sometimes the teachers, is a wonder to behold.

Here is the verse that our school, and manyWaldorf schools, recite at the end of our school assemblies.  It is one of my favorites:

To wonder at beauty,
Stand guard over truth,
Look up to the noble,
Resolve on the good,
This leads us truly
To purpose in living,
To right in our doing,
To peace in our feeling,
To light in our thinking.
And teaches us trust
In the workings of God
In all that there is,
In the widths of the world,
In the depths of the soul.