Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Family Traditions

Adams Kids with their cones.jpg


In my family, it is a tradition that when a child starts Kindergarten, they receive a cone filled with toys, school supplies and other goodies. This isn't a tradition special only to us -- it's really a German custom -- but my aunt lived in Germany for about 30 years and so, when her nieces and nephews started heading off to school, she started making cones for them.

I remember getting my cone on the first day of Kindergarten and I still have it (flattened though it may be) packed away in my cedar chest along with my wedding dress and other important paraphernalia. We also have the seven year old's cone, of course. This year we had another Kindergartener and she needed a cone. In order to make sure no one was left out, my aunt also made and filled cones for the other kids.

They were all very pleased. My aunt did inform me though that she had gotten a bit carried away -- in Germany cones are not traditionally as tall as the child going off to Kindergarten (of course, the beginning scholar is rather short...)

11 comments:

Patricia said...

Adorable!

Meredith said...

So cute...I saw this photo on your Flickr set from yesterday and wondered if that's what the cones were.
(Sniff, sniff) It seems like only yesterday we were reading about the Boy's first day of kindergarten.

Tricia said...

What a great tradition! I love it! Thanks for sharing this, as well as the wonderful picture!

Amy said...

What a great tradition to pass down to the kiddos!

Janis Gore said...

I wonder if these kids will always look so much alike.

Jordana said...

I don't know, Janis. The oldest looks most like his father. The four year old looks like me. The two year old has totally different coloring, dark, dark eyes, curly hair and looks like my husband's brother and mother. The youngest looks like my brother some what and definitely favors the coloring from my family.

Janis Gore said...

They all share the same jawline, though, and cheeks, it seems to me.
All of my parents' children resemble in the same ways.

Lenise said...

Oh, no! That baby is growing up!! My friend with the four girls said she doesn't feel the need to have a baby of her own anymore, but I'm not sure I will ever feel that way. Thankfully, I don't have to think about that at the moment ;)

Lenise said...

By the way, what do they call those things in German? I want to say Schultueten, but that sounds like the mundane bookbag kind of bag. I know we learned about it in Deutsch Aktuell I (possibly II, but I think I)

Jordana said...

Lenise, you're right. Schultuete.

Lenise said...

Well how 'bout that! I guess my education was not entirely wasted. ;)

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