Monday, May 3, 2010

TP fun!

Luckily this is not my vehicle, but it could look something like this on the morning of May 1st!!
Hexennacht fun occurs every year on April 30th! In Germany, Walpurgisnacht, the night from April 30 to May 1, is the night when witches are reputed to hold a large celebration and await the arrival of Spring. My neighbors warned me on our first Hexennacht to take in everything from outside the house that could be moved. Didn't really get why, but followed their advice and soon figured it out the next day.

On this evening each year it is ok to play pranks in the neighborhood. AKA...hide people's belongings that are mistakenly left outside, toilet paper anything, ring doorbells, and my favorite......toothpaste carefully wrapped in toilet paper and strategically placed so that it can be stepped on.....well you get the idea.

My kids were very excited and looking forward to the mischief! As soon as we got home, Sarah was having a great time moving everything inside. I was glad she volunteered herself so I wasn't questioning the pots and lanterns that were now in our foyer. Last year I forgot to bring in the door mat and it was found on the side of our house and this year the strawberry pot was next to our neighbor's house (oops, she missed that one).

So I did as any good parent does and I sent the kids off with a roll of toilet paper to decorate the neighborhood....and this is completely acceptable behavior on THIS night. Germans are VERY tidy so this is a lot of fun for the kids!!

What are they ever going to do when we move back to the states???