NEW - Schultuete Police with Sound
This special school cone has sound effects - at the press of a button hear the sirens on the police cars come alive! Limited quantity available so order now!
7" round x 27" tall
18 cm round x 69 cm tall
Have a look at these authentic German Schultuten! Each and every child receives a School Cone filled with candy and goodies in honor of his or her very first day of school! Wildly popular in Europe to this day, the presentation of this cone marks a very special day in the life of a child.
Fill them as elaborately or as simply as you please, choose from one of the several colorful and festive designs and begin a tradition with your own children and grandchildren right here in the United States. Remember, tradition says that these School Cones are presented on the very first day of a child's school career, so this one time commemorative celebration marks this very special occasion in a unique and memorable way.
Made in Germany
Made of carboard, top lined in tulle
Supplies are limited so order now!
Please note all of our school cones are empty for customization and do not include any gifts.
The History of the Schultüte
In Germany, the first day of school has long been acknowledged as a special occasion with customs that have been documented back to the middle ages. Depending on the region, it may have taken the form of a special church service, at the conclusion of which the children may have been led in a procession to the school, or they were presented with cookies that had been baked in the shape of letters or the pieces of slate that, until well into the middle of the last century, where used for the first tentative tries at writing legible letters and numbers.
The custom of the "Schultute" goes back to about 1810, to Saxony and Thuringia at Germany's easternmost borders, where sweets were given to the children on this day. The first documented report of the cone-shaped Schultuete comes from the city of Jena in 1817, closely followed by reports from Dresden (1820) and Leipzig (1836). It started in the bigger cities but spread quickly to the small towns and villages, soon becoming an institution all over Germany.
The custom that started in Saxony and Thuringia, but which was not adopted in other parts of the country was that the chlidren were not given their Schultuete directly. Marked with the students' names, they were taken to the school by parents or godparens and in a habit reminiscent of the Mexican piñata, hung on a metal "Schultueten-Baum" (School cone tree) from which each child had to pick their cone. Without breaking them, of course!
The only custom that has changed in the later half of the 20th century is that less and less sweets seem to appear in the Schultuete, with more practical gifts such as crayons and pencils, small toys, CDs, books and even articles of clothing replacing the tooth decay-inducing sweet stuff.
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