Friday, December 5, 2008

Nikolaustag 2008

Nikolaustag 2008
Originally uploaded by Starrbyrd
Once again it's that time of year when we put our shoes out and hope that St. Nikolaus comes to fill them.

As you can see, we must have all be good this year because our shoes aren't empty. Alas I admit, my shoes would have been empty had I not filled them with a few items myself.

This year I went to both of the children's schools and talked to each class about our traditions and about putting out our shoes before giving each child a small treat bag to take home. I think both Alyssa and Tristan enjoyed being in the spotlight among their classmates and enjoyed sharing something with their friends. I, of course, enjoyed being back in the classroom, especially in this capacity, rather than having the full responsibility of teaching.

As I was walking through the halls of the school it struck me again how all schools have the same, very distinct smell. It's like that smell takes me back on a flashback of all my school experiences, both as a student and a teacher. I know I always loved that "school smell" and sometimes wonder if it wasn't what lured me into becoming a teacher in the first place. I doubt I'll ever go back to teaching but hope that I can continue to volunteer regularly and get my school fix that way.

Did you remember to put YOUR shoes out tonight? If so, I hope they were filled with something wonderful from someone you love!


Wendy said...

YES! We put our shoes, and Sinter Klaas (the Dutch version of your guy) was good to us. I'll be doing a Sinter Klaas post soon on my blog.

We were glad he came, it has been a very hard week.

Fun to see you posting here! Hugs to your family from mine.

Anonymous said...

What a neat tradition - for all that we're from Dutch/German ancestry, neither side of the family does anything similar. Maybe next year I'll give it a try with Ciaran!

You know, I had NO idea you were even blogging here...

Anonymous said...

Yay! Nice to see you blogging again, so happy!

I was thinking about you guys at Christmas and wondering if you were doing "the shoe thing" this year.