natural-learning process. Here are just a few of our fun cultural explorations with friends.
Shannon at Pineapples & Artichokes organizes and hosts these
fantastic monthly celebrations focusing on different cultures.
I cohosted the last one for a German Fasching party.
Alrik wore my brother's old Lederhosen,
bought when we lived in Berlin when I was a kid.
We had a parade complete with bubbles, masks, and costumes.
Sam helped with the potluck by making us some Currywurst
and his famous soft pretzels (a huge hit!).
Potato-y yumminess and a nonalcoholic Glühwein completed the spread.
I read the German version of We're Going on a Bear Hunt
so we could do all the fun German sounds.
(Photo by Shannon)
Masks & art
Another month was Hawaii.
The potluck included pineapple skewers and coconut,
but Mikko homed in on the Pirate's Booty.
Ready to dance!
Setting off the volcano
Another time, we celebrated Tulalip (Coast Salish) heritage.
Learning some words in Lushootseed
The kids carved soap canoes and practiced weaving.
JW from True Confessions of a Real Mommy shared pictures and keepsakes from her wedding, like the drum and (representative) cedar boughs used for blessing.
Just after Christmas, we had a Sankta Lucia festival,
a traditional Swedish holiday.
The oldest girl got to wear a crown of candles,
but all the other kids got fancy with tinsel.
Woven heart baskets
I questioned the wisdom of handing young children lit candles
and parading down a steep staircase, but surprisingly,
no one's hair burst into flames! Woo!
Bebopping to folk songs!
Speaking of Swedish celebrations,
another fun outing was to the Nordic Heritage Museum,
since we have Finnish and Swedish blood from each side of the family.
Coloring & trying on traditional costumes
Checking out the displays
Living the immigrant experience!
How does your family like to explore various cultures?
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