St. Martin’s Lanterns. They may be a November part of the German winter celebrations, but they were too good a project to pass up.
Here’s a link to a small gallery of wonderful pictures I used to teach about German Christmas celebrations, including three with the lanterns. The gallery covers topics that include pictures that let me talk about the invention of advent calendars, Christmas markets, Christmas pyramids, and the Christmas tree, complete with pickle – a custom Rainer has never, ever heard of. This article suggests rather convincingly that it is a well-sold myth.
Thanks to a wonderful notion from Christy, I’ll be getting some battery operated tea lights so that the kids can use theirs (sans carrying stick and wire) in their rooms at night.