12.11.09

St. Martin's Day

St. Martin's Day (or Martinstag or Martinmas) is November 11, the feast day of Martin of Tours, who started out as a Roman soldier. He was baptized as an adult and became a monk. It is understood that he was a kind man who led a quiet and simple life. The most famous legend of his life is that he once cut his cloak in half to share with a beggar during a snowstorm, to save the beggar from dying of the cold. That night he dreamed that Jesus was wearing the half-cloak Martin had given away. Martin heard Jesus say to the angels: "Here is Martin, the Roman soldier who is not baptised; he has clothed me." (Thank you Wiki)


St. Kiefer


With an apple corer, I hollowed a carrot.
With my lino cutters, I decorated the carrots with stars and moons.
I also pinched a few holes in the carrot to let some air in.


We melted some tea lights.


Hung in a cord (a mini beewax candle we still had from past Christmas)


The lanterns are working! (You can't see the stars and moons, but they were really beautiful to look at).


Parents made the most beautiful lanterns, all from root vegetables.
The children sit in a ring, listening to the teacher. She's telling the the story of Sterntaler.


While the children were singing in front of the houses, the classroom was waiting for the cold children to arrive.
The teacher made these beautiful lantern-lights (paintings on paper, oiled and decorated, carefully put around a glass with a tea light).


The children arrive and are warmed with hot chocolate and fruits and snacks.
(A blurry photo to keep the children anonymous).


Really tired but happy, the five of us returned home and went straight to bed.
Thank you, parents and teacher for organizing this feast

19 opmerkingen:

zei

So very beautiful it looks! So we all had a great night yesterday!

XX Nina

pien zei

wat een mooie fotos! en een fijn feest!

de utechtse vlag hing gisteren hier een aantal keer in de straat! rood/wit diagonaal, vanwege st maarten onze beschermheilige!
veel snoepjes uitgedeeld ook, [maar de kinderen die bij ons langskwamen hadden niet zulke prachtige lantaarns als jij maakte ...]

Marjolijn zei

Wat heerlijk Guus, jullie eerste echte St Maartensfeest!

De beschilderde lantaarntjes was ik alweer vergeten, maar die ga ik vandaag weer eens maken!

Ps Wat is Kiefer veranderd! Zoooooveel groter geworden in zijn gezichtje!
Móói om te zien!

kisssssssss

Juniper zei

Oh looks like such a nice evening!!! Mighty wholesome, makes me long to live in your city.
Guess what am just baking a St. Martins cake! Will try to write a quick post about it tomorrow with the recipe. Kiefer has grown up so much! What a handsome little fellow!

missvanham zei

WauW MOOI

Patricia zei

Leuk dat ze dat met de klas vanuit school vieren :)
Wauw, Kiefer had een mooie lantaarn met een ECHTE kaars!

Daan zei

Wat een heerlijk feest, he? en inderdaad wat is kiefer ineens groot! en minder krullen?

Guusje zei

Dat ligt er zomaar aan, Daan. De ene dag meer dan weer minder, als hij moe is of ziek is het minst. Zijn haar wordt wel steeds dikker en zwaarder, dus het worden zware slagen vermoed ik.

likeschocolate zei

It is fun to see how different countries in Europe celebrate this day. Where my husband is from they use paper laterns, but when we lived in Switzerland they used Turnips. Happy St. Martins Day!

onegoldensun zei

Such beautiful lanterns! I love them! The carrot lanterns are incredible, how fun! This is not something that I would have thought of! Thank you for sharing your creativity and joy for Martinmas!

Francesca zei

Amazing carrot lantern, and I know a boy who'll be happy to learn that carrots are in fact very useful vegetables:). Are the root vegetable lanterns a tradition? About St Martin, I really like that story, because he gives away only half cloak, the other half he knows he needs himself.
PS I've crocheted two and half sickly looking trees so far ... perhaps I need more inspiration! Looking forward to your next post:)

Anoniem zei

Guus wat mooi! En wat lijkt Kiefer ontzetten op jou zeg!
Liefs, Karin (A&K)

The Wanderers' Daughter zei

THat is so cool! You really are a wealth of creativity over at your house!

Nelleke zei

Hoi Guusje, wat een mooie foto's! Ik hoopte er al op toen ik je met die mooie camera zag :-)

Groetjes!
Nelleke

MODsquad zei

What a genius idea! Who knew carrots could be so clever!

elianne zei

die wortellantaarn is prachtig!

mamaayanna zei

Oh Als ik dit zie, krijg ik nog meer heimwee naar Nederland, naar gezelligheid. MAar Bedankt voor de post, erg leuk! erg sfeervol. Ik ben nieuw met bloggen, woon in the USA en ben een beetje rond aan het kijken bij verschillende blogs. Erg inspirerend!

Lilian (mamaayanna)

Anoniem zei

kan je vertellen hoe de leerkracht die prachtige tekeningen maakte? (om de waxinelichtjes?)
Alvast dank!

Anoniem zei

kan je vertellen hoe de leerkracht die prachtige tekeningen maakte? (om de waxinelichtjes?)
Alvast dank!