So, in December we spent an afternoon in the Home crafting various traditional souvenirs and decorations typical for Christian countries around the globe to better their knowledge and spike their curiosity about the big round world. We showed them some pictures and taught them some stories about how people in Bulgaria, Germany, Australia, Argentina and the Philippines celebrate Christmas.
We started with Christmas stockings…
… and continued with angels 🙂
For the decoration of advent wreaths we had planned to use some typical German styles but the kids turned out to be far more creative combining everything we brought to make amazing new types of wreaths. We even came up with some ideas for decorating typical Philippine wreaths!
The traditional Bulgarian thing that we made was Survachka.
Survachka is a small decorated branch that Bulgarian children use pat their relatives lightly on the back to wish them health and prosperity. In exchange, they get sweets and money. That’s a great Bulgarian tradition that we’ve kept alive from pre-Christian times (meaning, for over 12 centuries).
This was the Social Program’s members’ first visit to Doganovo and our New Year’s resolution is to start making these visits on a regular. Our next workshop is going to be in February 2014. As we already have some snow in Bulgaria, hopefully we’ll be able to truly indulge in the winter spirit with the kids in their backyard!
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