German Classes Celebrate the Holidays

Posted on January 8, 2014 by

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The Fleetwood German classes have been engaging in Christmas/Advent activities in the past month. The classes had a guest speaker from Germany, made ginger bread houses, and made paper bells to decorate the classroom. Also, they may made Christmas cards.

“The guest speaker’s name was Ingrid Gorda, and she is from Germany. I asked her to come to talk about how she celebrated Christmas as a young girl,” German teacher Christine Moll said.

“She was very interesting, and I enjoyed learning about her life,” senior Rachel Looker said.

Only three materials are needed to make a paper bell: 6×6 cardstock, 9-10 inch string, and a button. The button is used as a stopper for the string.

“The bells were for a fun decoration to make as a cultural experience, and plus it was a Friday. I learned about them from a student when I assigned a ‘how to’ project. And now I have the students make them every year,” german teacher Christine Moll said.

Some students got creative with their bells. One student even put a Wu-Tang Clan logo on his.

The other major activity in which the German students partook was making gingerbread houses. Gingerbread has been around since the Victorian era, when it had been shaped into Christmas tree ornaments. Gingerbread houses then became popular after the Brothers Grimm published a little story known as Hansel and Gretel, although it is not known whether or not the houses had their start as a story invention.

“The gingerbread houses were interesting, and it was a nice break,” senior Paige Gergely said.

During the seventeenth century, only professional gingerbread makers could make the bread year round.  However, during Christmas and Easter time, that law was lifted, which helps to explain why gingerbread and Christmas are connected.

Gingerbread house kits can be bought online or in stores for around thirty dollars, but they can can be as high as fifty dollars.

“It’s a tradition from Germany. The students make them by using graham crackers, icing, and candy,” Moll said.

“The houses will be on display in the library, and there is no competition. Last year’s undeclared winner was a church, and it had a steeple and a cross on the top.  All of it was made from graham crackers,” Moll said.

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