During the first week in December, the Blue Bear and Yellow Bear Transition classes were able to experience Christmas traditions and cultures from around the world. We learned where many of our own traditions come from by experiencing Christmas in Sweden, England, Mexico, and Germany. Come and share in our adventures!
Fourth and Final Stop: Germany
Thursday, December 8 -- The Blue Bears and Yellow Bears greeted each other this morning with a "Merry Christmas," since that's what the people of Germany do (except they say it in German). Click on the Listen button in the link to hear the German pronunciation.
We've done a lot of traveling by air this week to witness how different countries celebrate Christmas. This day was no different except that we flew from Mexico to France and then traveled to Germany by train.
As the train whistle blasted and our passports were in hand, we boarded a train from France to Germany. Check out this video to hear what our train sounded like.
Once we arrived safely at the station and had our passports checked and stamped by the attendant, we went into a beautiful room filled with a Christmas tree, an Advent wreath, greenery and tapestries (the sanctuary at Greenwood Forest Baptist Church). We also checked our location on the globe to see where we were in the world. We did this for each of the countries we visited this week.
Germany has many Christmas fairs and outdoor markets, so we used our imagination to pretend that we were at one of those markets. We could hear songs and music, watch puppet shows and plays, and shoppers could buy food, toys, and decorations.
Advent is observed in Germany. We explained that Advent is a time of waiting and sang this song to the tune of Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.
Advent is a time to wait,
not quite time to celebrate.
Light the candles one by one,
'til this Advent time is done.
Christmas Day will soon be here,
time for joy and time for cheer.
The Christmas tree custom began in Germany with Martin Luther. He used candles to have lights on the tree to represent the stars in the sky.
We did a movement poem entitled Our Christmas Tree by Jean Warren.
We went out looking for a Christmas tree.
We went to see what we could see.
The first tree we found was much too small.
The second tree we found was much too tall.
The third tree we found was much too broad.
The fourth tree we found was thin as a rod.
The fifth tree we found looked just about right.
So we chopped it down with all our might.
We took our tree home and set it straight.
Everyone thought that it looked just great.
Then we all joined hands and circled round
The beautiful tree that we had found.
As we strolled through the market, our last stop was at the piano. We played and sang a few of the many Christmas songs that the German people wrote. Here are a few of the more popular ones.
Oh Christmas Tree
Silent Night, Holy Night
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
We also sang:
Away in a Manger
We Wish you a Merry Christmas
As our tour was complete, we boarded the train and plane once again and made our way back to Cary, NC.
We had a fun week of travel!
Thanks for letting us share our adventures with you!!
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