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Monday, November 11, 2013

Alles Gute zum Sankt Martinstag

I've never celebrated St. Martin's Tag until this year when painstaking efforts were made to create lanterns for a group of 6-7 year olds. Jared thought I was crazy, and looking back...he was right. I won't be doing that again, but I did love the way they turned out! And when we walked around the block at night at our place, then sang for Lukas' little friend with our lanterns, it was memorable.

And believe you me, after you see the "tutorial" from Hades below, you'll see why I kept the sucker to use every.single.year. of his childhood. 

1 comment:

Jeri said...

I love the lanterns but had no idea about their significance. So, I went to the internet and learned that November 11 is a special day that German Catholics celebrate Saint Martin, Bishop of Tours, one of the most revered European saints. The best-known legend connected with Saint Martin is the dividing of the cloak (die Mantelteilung), when Martin, then a soldier in the Roman army, tore his cloak in two to share it with a freezing beggar at Amiens. German Protestants celebrate the day, too, to commemorate the christening day of Martin Luther, the Protestant reformer. People celebrate with Reformation rolls and lantern processions. It is also the unofficial beginning of the Christmas season. Whatever the reason, it looks like a fun activity! Lukas' lantern is very creative!