A benefit of Rainier’s Kinderkrippe is that we get introduced to German traditions, like Laternenfest. Lanternenfest is celebrated to honor St. Martin, a soldier who gave a freezing beggar half of his soldier’s coat. To celebrate, the children walk with handmade lanterns (Laternelaufen) and sing songs about St. Martin.
According to Wikipedia, it is unclear why St. Martin’s story is connected with Laternelaufen, but theories include that the lanterns are “bringing light into the world” (like Advent wreaths), lighting the dark fall evenings, or connected to other festivals of light found throughout many cultures and religions.
Whatever the reason, celebrating kindness and light is something that we can get behind.