While visiting Berlin last month I found the Idees shop, a craft shop across the street from the enormous KaDeWe department store. While I enjoyed the large selection of craft supplies, ranging from fabric to beads to paper arts and more, I was smitten with the large display of colorful paper cones arranged in an appealing display. I was happy to find a sign in English explaining the purpose for these tantalizing towers. The sign read:
When children in Germany and Austria set off for their first day in school upon entering first grade, their parents and / or grandparents present them with a big cardboard cone, pretty decorated and filled with toys, chocolate, candies, school supplies, and various other goodies. It is given to children to make this anxiously awaited first day of school a little bit sweeter.
It's called Schultute (translated to 'school cone) and it's a tradition that dates back two centuries. Don't you just LOVE this idea? had I seen this 13 years ago I would have had a fabulous time creating the perfectly decorated cone. What kind of creative back to school traditions do you have?