Kindergarten classes and the younger grades walk an evergreen spiral path lit by candles. The Advent Spiral marks the beginning of Advent, the four weeks before (avant, in French) Christmas. Advent denotes the turning point in the year when the darker and shorter days become illuminated by candlelight. We experience a mood of anticipation, preparation, and waiting. In walking the spiral of the Advent Garden, the younger children receive, in reverence, the light for their own candles.