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German Rituals: Schultuete

It’s that time of year again, folks.  Signs are showing up all over the house, backpacks, lunch bags, number two pencils.

Yes, it’s time to go back to school.  This year, I thought I’d share a new ritual I’ve started to ease the transition, one I found in Family Fun magazine but decided to start with my kids particularly because I have German roots and this tradition apparently started in Germany. 

Yes, I’m half Austro/German (the other 50% Irish). We got out 40 years before Hitler though, so don’t lay that on me.  Others–my 10th grade English teacher, you know who you are–have tried.  Anyway, I wanted to share some of that with my kids and I’m not a big fan of German food, so this seemed like a better option.

On the first day of school, German kids receive large paper cones filled with school supplies and treats.  Kind of like back to school stockings, only cones.  They’d be easy enough to make but I was feeling lazy so I ordered some to start with (I’ll make them next year) from

After decorating them,  I filled them with:
 My kids seemed to like them.  Leave it to the Germans to come up with a ritual that involves school supplies.  That’s my kind of ritual!

Bye y’all,

PS I’m off to a family wedding next week, which means I may or may not be able to post. But I’ll take plenty of pictures!


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