Winterfest celebrates the season

Amanda Singleton, Hailey Katz, and Summer Grace work on their gingerbread house together.


            To kick off winter break, the German Honors Society hosted Winterfest, an event to appreciate German culture. The event was a huge success, with a turnout of almost 100 attendees.  

            Frau Cotis, who planned the event along with the GHS, offered a variety of different activities for students to partake in. “Gingerbread house making was my favorite. It made the time pass by the fastest and was the main event that drew my friends and I into going!” student Astrid Uddin expressed. 

            At the event, students worked with their friends to make gingerbread houses. The event organizers provided the attendees with a tub of icing and graham crackers, as well as candy, such as M&Ms, sprinkles, and peppermints, to decorate their houses. Despite being in individual groups, students worked with the other groups around them in order to make the experience more enjoyable for everyone. 

Sarah Wallace and Julia Rosol enjoy creating and decorating their gingerbread house.

            Some of the activities that students could partake in included a gummi bear guessing contest and Krüge Hoch, which is a traditional German game. The game works by having students facing each other while holding a large glass of water (in Germany they usually use beer) and whoever holds it the longest without putting it down wins.  

            Along with those fun activities, a delicious array of German food was provided. Some of the foods included bratwurst and sauerkraut.  “My favorite food served at the event was the spaghetti ice cream. That was so good!” said Meghan Valanzola, one of the attendees. Even though it sounds strange, spaghetti ice cream is actually just vanilla ice cream that looks like spaghetti.  

Astrid Uddin, Corey Wong, Jenna Zammar coat their gingerbread house in icing.

            Although the GHS hosted Winterfest this year, they usually host Oktoberfest. Due to the unpredictability of everything this fall, Cotis wasn’t sure if throwing an Oktoberfest party for 100 students was possible, so Winterfest acted as the next best option. While Oktoberfest and Winterfest share many similarities, they do have a few minor differences. 

            “Winterfest looks a lot like Oktoberfest minus the goofy hats I give out to the guests at Oktoberfest and the decorations will be different,” Frau Cotis explained. Despite its differences, Winterfest proved to be a big success. The students who attended had a blast and loved all the different foods and games. 

Ashley Chan builds a gingerbread house with the help of Fatima Syed.

            “The event was everything that I expected and there were more people than I thought.  It was so much fun and I was happy to be a part of it,” said Hailey Katz.

Posted on 1/5/21

Photos by Lily Kelly

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