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AGM experiences European Christmas market

Before the winter break, fifth-grade students at AGM experienced a Christkindl Markt, a European Christmas Market.

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Teacher Krista O’Donnell taught in Austria for the past four years and wanted to share her experience of a European Christmas Markets with her students here. With the help of family, friends, and third-grade teacher Hope Eaton, market stalls were constructed and placed outside the school.

Dressed in her dirndl, a traditional Austrian dress, O’Donnell and her students visited Eaton’s class where she shared pictures of Austria, talked about living there and taught them some German.

Next they went outside to the market. Included in the market was a ‘darker side’ of the Christmas traditions in Austria…the Krampus! The Krampus are a sort of evil monster lore from the mountainous areas of Austria, Germany and Switzerland. They come with St. Nicholas and snatch up the naughty kids. In Austria, they come to the markets with St. Nicholas and follow him around, scaring the children into good behavior. O’Donnell’s brother came and dressed up as one and interacted with the students.

In the market, mulled grape juice, Gluhwein, a mulled wine and the token Christmas Market drink, was served with Lebkuchen, German gingerbread cookies.

Special thanks to Rock Solid Landscaping that loaned up some fun picture cut outs so the students could enjoy getting snapshots of each other.
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