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The Winter Spiral is a simple and beautiful celebration that brings us hope in the darkest time of the year.

It begins in a room lit by the glow of just one candle. As the teachers and parents sing, the children, one at a time, begin the journey toward the center of the spiral carrying small, unlit candles (inserted into an apple), which they light when they reach the center. They then walk out of the spiral, placing their candles upon one of the golden stars that line the path. When all children in a class have made the journey, the garden path and the whole room are aglow from all of the small lights. The effect is magical—in this case the whole is indeed greater than the sum of its parts. For the children, the experience of making a contribution to this beautiful end result is pure and profound.