Advent ist one of the best times of the year. The first snow has fallen down, the shops start to sell gingerbread and Christmas chocolate and everyone is in a peaceful mood.
Of course, there are also special events in school at this time. Celebrations, Advent Calendar, baking Christmas cookies, etc.
We already began with the preparations in November. At the last Tuesday of the month, after the morning prayer, my crafting day started with the older pupils. Everyone chose a paper in their favourite colour, we cutted the shape of a star, fold the paper, drew and sticked things on it and put it together – the first 9 individual boxes of our Advent Calendar were produced. After that, I also crafted with the little ones and got some help from the teacher Laima.
Now, it was my turn to fill the stars for each child. In the evening, my room changed into a Christmas workshop, I put some healthy sweets in every box and hung them on a string. The next day, we could already place the Advent Calendar in the classroom – ready to open on the next day.
Finally the time had come, it was snowing outside and the pupils were very excited. We sat down in a big circle where I started to explain the procedure of opening the stars. Furthermore, Daniels told the christian story of Advent and the first lucky pupil Joanna took her star.
Since the 1st of December we meet every day in front of the Advent Calendar, Daniels tells bibel storys and one of the children is allowed to open their star and get their little present.
Moreover, the big school christmas market is imminent. Therefore, the class is preparing a lot of handmade things. So we also decided to make some food for the market.
Usually, the children would have had ordinary English lessons but on this Tuesday they had the chance to learn while baking. I brought a typical German Christmas cookie recipe with me, we translated it together and began to cook. With some Christmas music and a lot of flour, eggs and sugar we made a lot of cookies.
The last thing to do was to pack all the cookies. While some pupils were still baking the girls put the sweets in bags and decorated it lovingly.
But the Advent time is still not over. All are waiting for more snow, the Christmas market and the next placid celebration.