Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Wednesday? Again?

Hello WOYWWers, just a quick one today - it's Thanksgiving week, always a crazy busy time and I'm not even hosting a Thanksgiving dinner but we're going to spend Thanksgiving with friends in town - wonderful German-American company. It means bringing a SpiceNogg cake from Trader Joe's and some red cabbage, that's it. Easy, huh?

Okay, so this is what's on my work table:


I'm working on the St. Nick's presents for my neighbors. In Germany, all the children put out a shoe on the evening of December 5th, and during the night St. Nicholas comes by and fills the shoe with sweets that the kids find in the morning. After we had moved here, I introduced a slightly altered version into my neighborhood, leaving some kind of German sweets at my neighbors' doors. This year it will be a little bag filled with sweets plus these bottles with cocoa powder and marshmallows in them. The bottles are Starbucks Frappuccino bottles.

The finished bottles will look like this:


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21 comments:

Joanne said...

What a delightful tradition. Happy woyww. (13)

JoZart said...

What a lovely idea for St Nicolas! I am going to visit my daughter in Germany at the weekend so I will tell her and show her what you made. You get extra celebration days now with Thanksgiving, St Nics and Christmas! Not just Christmas as in England. Have fun x
My daughter has Advent Calendar events, which I will share. Participating houses are given a day in December and put the number in their window. The neighbours all come round on your day for treats and Carols. I have to make English mince pies to give out and I have to sing the carols! I have also made some peace angel paper cut outs to share ( I showed them last week and gave the template) I will blog whilst I am there so keep looking.
JoZarty x

Cynthia Schelzig,Cynnie said...

What great looking bottles for the kids...isn´t thtat nice of you to do the 6th of Dec where you live:)

Carmen said...

The bottles are just lovely, what a fab tradition :)

Carmen #101

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foxysue said...

Enjoy your holidays whichever traditions you will be keeping, the spirit remains the same!

Sue x

Twiglet said...

What a lovely gift - good to keep your traditions going.

Helen said...

I love those gifts, how lovely - and that paper is adorable. it is lovely to hear of other traditions.

Aisling said...

That bottle is soooooo cute! Thanks for commenting and have a great day! #66

Chrissie said...

Wonderful idea!
When we lived in the States our neighbours always came around with gifts of yumminess! Such a generous friendly thing to do!
Chrissie #5

minnie_mac said...

What a lovely idea. The little bottles look great.

Marilyn

Kate on Clinton said...

OH my goodness, yet ANOTHER beautiful, uncommercialized holiday tradition I have never about before! Lovely adaption for the States where people don't know for the shoes...

La Vie Quotidienne said...

You must be very popular with your neighbors...this is such a cute idea.(-: So nice of you.

voodoo vixen said...

Oh poop... I went and took all my Starbucks bottles like those to the recycle place a couple of days ago!! Typical... You are so sweet, visiting me twice in one day!! We have Dutch friends and they do the shoe thing too... I love your version!!

patty said...

I adore these bottles - how special!! And Spice Nogg cake?? Sounds really intriguing!

Sherry Edwards said...

What a lovely gesture - the gift bottles look wonderful, what lucky neighbours you have. I'm in the UK and we used to have German neighbours who around Christmastime very kindly gave us a little box full of homemade cookies. They were the best (the neighbours and the cookies!!), but unfortunately (for us!!) they moved back to Germany.

Sherry (105)

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Das ist eine wunderschöne Idee, die Beschenkten werden sich mit Sicherheit riesig drüber freuen. Ich habe heute Weihnachtszucker selber gemacht und auch ein Glas befüllt - muss ich nur noch verschönern, noch ist es "nackig".

Nicky said...

Love reading about all the different things going on around the world - love your little bottles thanks for sharing ~127

oneoff said...

Love the decorated bottles, and what a nice idea to treat the neighbours and keep traditions going. (JoZarty's advent events sound great too.)

I would be very happy to volunteer to drink more Starbucks Frappuccinos for you (sadly they don't do them here in the UK). The contents sound like what we call "Snowman Soup", which we make for the godchildren, and add a candy cane to stir.

Bernie #11

Christine E-E said...

your idea is charming - a fabulous way to recycle + share your German tradition with neighbors! I think I need to move to your neighborhood.

Molly said...

What a great idea! Makes me want to go purchase some Frappuccino so that I can try it myself.

I love the snowman paper too!

I hope you and your family had a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration.

Kym's Crafty Cards said...

Well you have got a busy desk here with lots of nice things to use. Thanks for sharing your workspace with us. Best wishes, Kym xxx (WOYWW No 42)