On Sunday night we had the wonderful fortune of being invited to a Lantern Walk that was being held through the German Church in town. There were quite a few families present, and lots of children holding many different types of lanterns. We had a small service, the priest read a story from Leo Tolstoy from the book “Stories For Telling” (here on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Stories-Telling-William-R-White/dp/0806621923) and then we saw a dramatization of Saint Martin and the beggar. This included a live horse, which thrilled the children as we got to walk behind St. Martin and his horse and a procession of trumpets. Very lovely!
Here is a round-up of the songs we sang (in German, of course):
Ich geh mit meiner Laterne
Sankt Martin ritt durch Schnee und Wind
I wanted to post You Tube links to these songs, but I kept coming up with these odd techno-versions of these songs that were not really what I wanted…Perhaps my German-speaking readers can help with links so those unfamiliar with these can hear the songs?
Here are some ways other blogging families celebrated Martinmas:
Over at Untrodden Paths: http://untroddenpaths.blogspot.com/2010/11/recent-picture-books-and-st-martin.html
If you celebrated Martinmas and wrote a blog post, please leave your link below so others can find you!