There is a tradition in Germany that I find lovely. When the children begin primary school, a party is organized to welcome them. It usually happens a few days before the actual school start and they all arrive with their Schultüte.

Well, Second Daughter almost arrived empty handed, as I was absolutely unaware of this custom! Fortunately, Sexy Hubby came to the rescue and explained to me that we had to buy one and fill it with small school supplies, sweets, chocolates and little presents. I had been wondering why all the shops were swamped with these strange cone-shaped objects, finally I knew!

I showed Second Daughter the chosen photo for this post. She looked a bit nostalgic, and then smiled. When asked how she felt about that day, she replied that it was a fantastic souvenir for her. I remember how she was beaming the whole time, loving every minute of it even though at the time she could hardly understand, let alone speak any German.

Her Schultüte now lies in her memory trunk. One day she will perhaps explain the tradition to her own child, or it might even be her turn to go out and purchase one.




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24 thoughts on “Back To School – Schultüte”

  1. Oh such a lovely story and what a great thing to do, they should so do that here. Every child loves a party and it must help them all to relax!

    1. Thanks, Nikki. The party happened on the Friday, it was great for Second Daughter to meet the children in her class and have another look around the school. She was more than ready on the Monday! 🙂

  2. That’s a lovely tradition. I don’t think we have any kind of starting school tradition in the UK?! Probably just mad panic at having to buy school uniform and shoes!

    1. We have nothing of the sort in Switzerland either, I think it is a shame! No uniforms and specific shoes for us in either country, so less stress! 😉

  3. My Kids received one this year. They loved it ! It’s a nice welcome ! My step-mother told me about this tradition, so I wasn’t really surprised.

    1. I bet they did! 🙂 I cannot understand why other countries do not do this. I was glad Sexy Hubby saved the day…

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