Little Latern Shining Bright

As promised (warned), today’s post is about Annie’s lantern walk.

The daycare that Annie attends, Kindervilla, held a lantern walk in Hofgarten park near the old city centre. Kindervilla is on 2 floors and has a second building, so it doesn’t feel like a huge organization. But there sure were a lot of people there once all the children,siblings, parents and grandparents came together. Quite a sight.

Last week the children in each of the groups made different lanterns complete with candles: hedgehogs, moons, Chinese-style, apples. They were really lovely and obviously the teachers and children put some real effort into them.

Here is Annie’s:

Apple lantern

Apple lantern

The group showed up at 4:30 at the park entrance. Annie was quite excited to be finally holding her lantern, as Mommy had been mean, mean, mean and had not let her destroy it before the event. (No, we haven’t been beating her up; she had a little bite near her eye, which subsequent scratching made look like quite the shiner.)

The parade ended in a small pavilion where the kids sang songs and showed off the lanterns. Annie’s group used instruments to accompany their song; I was so impressed that Annie knew when to sing and when to shake her little symbols. Too cute. The school provided tea and cookies afterward for everyone to enjoy.

A wonderful little afternoon for all of us. Here are the pictures:

A bigger group than I expected

A bigger group than I expected

Ah, toddlers and open flames

Ah, toddlers and open flames. Luckily no fires ensued

The lantern walk

The lantern walk

Blurry, but still cute

Blurry, but still cute

The park pavilion

The park pavilion

Lanterns in the pavillion

Lanterns in the pavilion

One Response to “Little Latern Shining Bright”

  1. Drew Henderson says:

    Hi Hillary,
    I enjoyed the account of Anna Kate’s lantern walk and the delightful pictures. Also learned that on November 11, while we in Canada are wearing poppies and watching memorial services, you will be eating goose and thinking about Christmas count-down.
    I also liked the chapel doorway figures at the castle; can;t remember the names of all those mythical beasts mangling sinners.

    Keep up the interesting accounts: I love them.

    Hugs,
    Drew