Tuesday, September 7, 2010
History of the Schultuete
In Germany, children attend the first day with their parents and grandparents, often dressed in their best outfit. The older students put on a performance followed by an short introduction, class photographs, and individual photographs with the children's school cones , the schultuete. School Cones are made with paper and ribbon and often times end up being as tall as the child. They can be filled with small gifts, school supplies, and plenty of candy and chocolate. The first schultuete was 1810, in Saxony and Thuringia at Germany's easternmost borders, where sweets were given to the children on the first day of school. The first documented report of the cone-shaped Schultuete proper comes from the city of Jena in 1817. Nicole made a Star Wars schultuete for Sarah. It is made from paper Mache, and has a drawing of Yoda. I'll show it to you on Sept 17th.