Today Jewish people celebrate the New Year for the Trees, sometimes called the Birthday for Trees.
We celebrated by doing tree crafts like making a tree from pipe-cleaners.
We also planted a little Jade Tree in a pot Emily made from white clay.
We were also going to make our favourite Tu B’Shvat sweets by melting chocolate and adding dried fruits, but much to everyone’s disappointment this was not possible today, so you can imagine how happy the little ones were when a whole box of them arrived on our doorstep! Thank you, lovely Oma, Opa Uwe and Oma Rosel!
Finally we planted two little apple seeds, hoping they will grow into our own little apple tree.
We added colourful tissue paper to make it easier to observe their growth and labeled the jar Tu B’Shvat 5773, which is the year according to the Hebrew calendar.
Our plans for this evening are simple, we will celebrate Shabbat and then gather in the garden to sing a little birthday song to the tiny tree that grows there.
Wishing you a wonderful weekend!