Children's birthday party
Celebrate festivities as they fall!
How gladly one thinks back to a successful celebration, to ChristmasChristmas, when a Christmas carol is sung under the burning candles on the Christmas tree, of the warming fire and the steaming punch after the lantern procession. lantern processionof balmy summer nightswhen the sun has set, of staying up late into the night or singing songs and round dances together, of the many children's birthday parties. children's birthdaysour own and those of friends. When we celebrate, experience festivities, moments arise that trigger a pleasant feeling in our chest and make children's eyes light up. Happy celebrations are food for the soul, precious treasures from childhood. They are among the most formative moments in our lives.
Through the design of the room and the seasonal table, we bring the seasonal events into the home. In addition, there is a wealth of storytelling material, fairy tales, stories, songs and games available today. Suitable for every season and every celebration, e.g. for Easter, WhitsunSt. John's Day (summer solstice), Michaelmas, St. Martin, Advent, Christmas and of course for children's birthday parties, we have put together a large selection of meaningful, aesthetic and educationally valuable products for you and your children on the following pages.
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The tradition of festivals
In earlier times, primitive peoples celebrated special events in the astronomical course of the year: the winter and summer solstices, when day and night are exactly the same length, the winter solstice, when the sun has reached its lowest position, and the summer solstice, when the sun has reached its highest position and the longest day is the shortest night of the year.
As the Christian religion spread more and more through the church, the missionaries took up these festivals and placed the Christian annual festivals that are still valid today close in time to these old festivals: Easter and Michaelmas are celebrated at the equinox, Christmas is celebrated at the winter solstice and St. John's Day at the summer solstice.
The original worship of nature was replaced by the celebration of prescribed festivals of the church. The Church Fathers knew how much celebrating festivals delighted people and provided an opportunity for them to escape from their everyday lives with fun.
Another festival that we have not been celebrating for very long is the birthday. In the past, not much importance was attached to birthdays; instead, the individual's name day was the biggest celebration. In certain Catholic countries, people still celebrate it that way, but in our country, especially for children, the birthday is the most beautiful celebration next to Christmas.
The children's birthday
Especially a child's birthday can be a wonderful, unforgettable celebration. So much excitement and anticipation already in the run-up to the birthday for the birthday child. In the best case, the parents, the family, are anxious to celebrate the child in its uniqueness and to give him, her, the best day of the year. In some families there are fixed traditions, such as a birthday cake and a gift for breakfast. In the afternoon, there is a party with the family and, soon after, a party with the birthday child's friends.
Of course, you can also celebrate a child's birthday spontaneously, but it will be a particularly successful child's birthday if you put some thought into it beforehand and, ideally, involve the child in the preparations: Who should be invited to the birthday party and how many can come, invitations can be made, games can be thought of that can be exciting, exciting but also quiet, when should the party start, what should the children do?The children can also help to bake the cake. In this way, such a children's birthday party can be organised by the children themselves. In this way, a child's birthday party can become a wonderful experience.
In the kindergarten, the child's birthday is also celebrated in a special way. A song is sung, a birthday story is told which, although it has been heard so often, is still exciting for the birthday child because it is told just for him or her. And here, too, the birthday child receives a small gift.
What do we adults associate with celebrations? Fun, good food, presents, funny moments and also celebratory ones - the day should be perfect, stand out from our everyday life and remain in our memories for a long time!
Celebrating festivities is also part of the everyday life of Waldorf kindergartens and Waldorf schools. In the kindergarten there is a custom or even several for each celebration: At Easter there is egg painting and sowing Easter grass; at Pentecost white doves are made and given to the children to take home; at St. John's Day, the midsummer festival on the longest day of the year, a big fire is lit over which the brave children can sing.At Michaelmas, too, the fire has a special place, for example, when a blacksmith is invited and, of course, there are also lots of tests of courage. At St. Martin's Day, lanterns are made and accompanied by lantern songs, the children parade through the streets with their parents and educators, and at Advent time, baking is done, candles are drawn and small gifts are made.
The classic festivals that we celebrate at home in the family are Easter and Christmas. On Christmas Eve, the children's eyes light up and when everyone has gathered around the table full of delicious culinary delights, they can hardly wait to finally unwrap their Christmas presents that are already waiting for them under the Christmas tree.