December 5, 2009
peanuts and a gift
it's saint niklaus time...
the first time for the kids to experience the tradition in switzerland. it's very exciting to finally take part in the tradition, which is so rich in it's focus on kids. naomi was storming into the door after kindergarten, in her hand a little bag with peanuts, walnuts, chocolate coins, tangerines and a "lebkuchen". and then for lunch the grandparents were visiting, that in itself has been a surprise and they were bringing a "chlaus saeckli" (the link gives you an idea what this is), for each child. the kids started to trade their favorites which each other, and we all sat around the table cracking nuts and eating sweet treats. in all that we enjoyed each others presence, it's such a gift to have family close by!
a big surprise for myself!
my mom told me about the piano music, which she found in her attic, and in addition there was a cook book with local recipes, a blank book with a wonderful little art quilt on the cover (made by a friend of my mom's) as well as a clay star. i was blown away, being showered with so much goodness. thank you mom.