Germans have a beautiful tradition of the Schultüte for your very first day of school. Not your first day every year or even for pre-school. Just your very first day of Kindergarten. Luckily for Abigail, I was born a German. So both her and Nathan got a Schultüte on their first day. Nathan's Schultüte was brought by my brother Matze and his wife Mandy. For Abigail, nobody happened to come over this year, so we just made one out of wrapping paper, poster cardboard, Modge Podge, ribbon and tissue paper. Here is the finished product:
If you would like to know what a Schultüte is, you can follow this link.
At the end of a very exciting first day, Abigail was eager to come home and open her Schultüte. But probably not as eager as Nathan, who was hoping that some of the candy might come his way (he was right).
With the great sales for school supplies, it was easy to fill this cone to the brim with all kinds of goodies, plus my family had sent a few things as well: A Hello Kitty pencil box from Matze & Mandy with matching pencils, binder clips, etc; lots of German candy from my mom, particularly gummies in all shapes and sizes which Abigail loves; and grandma had put in a Dr. Seuss eraser as well. The rest was filled up with little books, stickers, markers (Abigail's other passion is coloring), journals, etc. And of course, more candy. This tradition was definitely one that the kids loved. I just think they are sad it is only a once in a lifetime kind of thing.