St. Knut’s Day

TIME TO LOOT THE TREE!
by Sienna Wildfield

ccl (c) furryscalySt. Knut’s Day is fast approaching (Tuesday), which means it’s time to let the kids loot the Christmas Tree! Traditionally in Sweden, Christmas Trees might have been decorated with edible decorations, including gingerbread ornaments, candy canes, crackers and sweets. On St. Knut’s Day (the 13th day of January), kids were allowed to loot the tree and munch on all the edible (albeit stale) ornaments. In our case, the only sweet we have left hanging on our tree is one lonely candy cane.

CCL (C) salladI’m fond of this holiday not because I’m of Swedish descent (because I’m not), but because it gives me a cultural nudge to take down my tree, otherwise “O Tannenbaum” would be left standing through Valentine’s Day! So on Tuesday our daughter gets to gorge on ONE WHOLE candy cane!

But then what do we do with our Christmas Tree once we’ve taken down the ornaments? I like Kara’s idea… her family takes their tree outside in the yard and props it up in the snow. Then she and her twin boys decorate the tree with stale bread, popcorn, birdseed pine cones and cranberries, thus creating a holiday tree for the birds and other wildlife. Clever!

Originally published 2008

Suggested Events 01/12/08 – 01/18/08

TIME TO LOOT THE TREE!
by Sienna Wildfield

ccl (c) furryscalySt. Knut’s Day is fast approaching (Sunday), which means it’s time to let the kids loot the Christmas Tree! Traditionally in Sweden, Christmas Trees might have been decorated with edible decorations, including gingerbread ornaments, candy canes, crackers and sweets. On St. Knut’s Day (the 13th day of January), kids were allowed to loot the tree and munch on all the edible (albiet stale) ornaments. In our case, the only sweet we have left hanging on our tree is one lonely candy cane.

CCL (C) salladI’m fond of this holiday not because I’m of Swedish descent (because I’m not), but because it gives me a cultural nudge to take down my tree, otherwise “O Tannenbaum” would be left standing through Valentine’s Day! So on Sunday our daughter gets to gorge on ONE WHOLE candy cane!

But then what do we do with our Christmas Tree once we’ve taken down the ornaments? I like Kara’s idea… her family takes their tree outside in the yard and props it up in the snow. Then she and her twin boys decorate the tree with stale bread, popcorn, birdseed pine cones and cranberries, thus creating a holiday tree for the birds and other wildlife. Clever!

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    Events Happening in the Hilltowns

    Saturday – 01/12/08

    8am – FAMILY RADIO – (Air Waves) While traveling around town, tune-in to WXOJ 103.3 FM in Northampton, MA, from 8-10am to hear fabulous family-friendly music on Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child. [All ages] (Free)

    9am-1pm – PARENT WORKSHOP – (Hadley) The Hartsbrook School is offering Developmental Stages of Childhood: A Road Map for the Journey, a workshop with Nancy Foster. In this workshop, participants will be offered a reliable guide by looking at the stages of child development and the interesting challenges that accompany the child’s (and parent’s) journey through these stages. 413.584.3598 [Parents] ($$)

    10am-1pm – NATURE PROGRAM – (Ashfield) The Path of the Otter, the series of three Saturday earth awareness and nature exploration classes begins. Click HERE for program details. [Ages 5-7] ($$$)

    10am – Noon – CLAY ADVENTURES – (Pittsfield) Join ceramic artist Nancy Magnusson for Clay Adventures for Kids at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts. No registration ncecessary. 413.298.5252 [All Ages] (Free)

    10am-Noon – NATURE PROGRAM – (Easthampton) Discover Winter Plant and Animal Survival at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary with Rebecca Moretti. Children will play a game in which they act out the different survival strategies such as hibernation and migration. Dress warm as much of this program will be held outdoors. Pre-registration is requested. 413.584.3009. [Ages 5 & up] ($)

    11am – FIRST AID FOR CHILDREN – (Cummington) Do you take care of a baby under one year? Do you feel you would know what to do in an emergency? Would you like to practice how to handle choking on a training doll? Taught by Ed Vivier, Middlefield EMT. Designed for people with no experience – No test/certification. Offered with the CFC’s “Baby and Me” program for parents and babies under one year at the Cummington Community House Where: Cummington Family Center. 413.238.5511 x155 [Adults] (Free)

    1pm – 2:50pm – ICE SKATING – (Greenfield) The Collins/Moylan Memorial Skating Rink will have a public skate. Skate rentals available. 413.772.6891 [Families] ($)

    1pm – FAMILY PERFORMANCE – (Amherst) At the Eric Carle Museum is a performance in the auditorium, Music and More! This is an interactive program featuring songs, books, finger play, movement, and animal puppets. Families are welcome to sing and dance to traditional favorites and interactive songs while Michael and Linda play guitars, banjos, and percussion instruments. 413.658.1100 [Families] (Free w/ museum admission)

    4pm-6:50pm – ICE SKATING – (Amherst) There will be a public skate at the Mullins Center Ice Rink. Skate rentals available. 413.545.3990 [Families] ($)

    6pm – ART PERFORMANCE & POTLUCK – (Shelburne) The Art Bridge hosting a community potluck preceeding their Mystic 3-Ring Circus performance. There will be music, magicians, belly dancing, fire dancing, jugglers, clowns, puppeteers, and more. 413.625.8275 [Families] (Donation)

    8pm – DATE NIGHT! – (Goshen) It’s time to square dance! Round up your partner/friend and head over to the Town Hall in Goshen, MA for some dancing. Ralph Sweet is the caller. [Adults] (n/a)

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