Turnip Lights Parade


The Turnip Lights Parade, known here as the Räbeliechtliumzug (very happy to be typing that and not pronouncing it) took place here in Albisrieden the first Saturday in November. It’s a tradition quite similar to Halloween, except with lanterns made out of turnips instead of pumpkins. The school children make their own carved turnips in class, and display them on this night for everyone to see in a procession of lanterns down the streets. The parade is meant to acknowledge that winter is on its way, and many people come out from the town to take part in the event. This was our first year of attending, so it was very exciting to experience.

We had our friends Stina, Jakob and Serafina over to enjoy this together. The papas carved the turnips together. They took it pretty seriously!

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On the way to go see the parade

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This was at the very beginning of it and the displays were just massive!

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This was one of Alex’s favorites – the firetruck

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Very proud lantern holders

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It was a fun event and I think it’s a great way to get the town together for the evening, as well as admire the hard work by the school children.

Future Hockey Player?


Claudio has been playing hockey quite a bit lately with his recreational team and Alex has been so curious about what’s lurking around in his huge sports bag that gets dragged out each weekend. Claudio let him discover what was inside just the other day and quickly found out that he wanted to try everything on. Claudio put a few pieces on Alex and he was so happy. The hockey stick alone was about twice his height, and he beamed with pride to be just like his Papa. Now every time we walk by a sports store he says, “Mommy, I buy hockey stick now.” (Usually he’s pointing at a pair of skis in the window and insists they’re really hockey sticks.. Yes! Try explaining that to an adamant 3-year-old)! 😉

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10 Crayons, 2 Rocks, & a Spoon


A thought for the day: What can these 3 unlike objects have to do with one another? Answer will be found in the story below. 🙂

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“Mommy, Mommy!” cried Alex from the living room as I was beginning to prepare lunch. How convenient of timing I thought as I walked briskly to see what was going on. “Mommy, this doesn’t work”, he told me while pointing to his Fisher Price cash register. I looked at where the coins were supposed to go down to see that there was a shiny silver object blocking them from reaching the drawer, which from a closer look resembled a child’s spoon. Hmmm.. not a mind-boggling question how that could have happened. I managed to get the spoon out with a pair of pliers and heard a few other items clattering around in the bottom of the cash register as I was doing so. After taking out the bottom screws to complete the analysis, out rolled 10 crayons; nearly one of each color happened to be conveniently resting in there. Next came out two larger objects, the rocks. For Alex, it was like Christmas day to see all of these surprises come out from his cash register.

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After having a talk about what goes in a cash register (the coins that the toy came with), and what doesn’t (everything else). He was happy to have it back in working condition. So yes, the connection between these 3 unlike objects – crayons, rocks, and a spoon – are that they all can be jammed down a cash register by little mischievous hands.

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Never a dull moment with this boy!