HISTORY OF KRAMPUS ✨🎅🎄 The legend is part of a centuries old Christmas tradition in Germany, where Christmas celebrations begin in early December.Krampus was created as a counterpart to kindly St. Nicholas, who rewarded children with sweets. Krampus, in contrast, would swat "wicked" children and take them away to his lair.According to folklore, Krampus purportedly… Continue reading Who is Krampus?
CHRISTMAS TALES 🎅🎄 Author: Leo TolstoyIt was Christmas Eve and although it was still afternoon, lights had begun to appear in the shops and houses of the little Russian village, for the short winter day was nearly over. Excited children scurried indoors and now only muffled sounds of chatter and laughter escaped from closed shutters.Old… Continue reading Papa PanovS
Legend ✨🎄✨ In the Northern hemisphere, the shortest day and longest night of the year falls on December 21 or December 22 and is called the winter solstice. Many ancient people believed that the sun was a god and that winter came every year because the sun god had become sick and weak. They celebrated… Continue reading History of Christmas Tree
HISTORY OF BEFANA ✨🎄📚✨ The feast of this fairy-tale old lady, so much beloved and feared by Italian children, takes origin from the "old lady" which was burned in the squares to celebrate the end of the year, a symbol of time cycles always ending and beginning again.The Befana is also related to the mysterious… Continue reading Who is Befana?
THE LEGEND OF SANTA CLAUS 🎅🎄✨ Even after the Protestant Reformation, when the veneration of saints began to be discouraged, St. Nicholas maintained a positive reputation, especially in Holland.The name Santa Claus evolved from Nick’s Dutch nickname,Sinter Klaas, a shortened form of Sint Nikolaas (Dutch for Saint Nicholas). In 1804, John Pintard, a member of… Continue reading History of Santa Claus
TALES ✨🎅📚✨ Author: Harriet Maxwell The little Elves of Darkness, so says the old Iroquois grandmother, were wise and mysterious. They dwelt under the earth, where were deep forests and broad plains. There they kept captive all the evil things that wished to injure human beings - the venomous reptiles, the wicked spiders, and the… Continue reading The Elves
TALES ✨📚✨ Every Christmas Eve, Rob, Fred and Micky sing in front of all the inhabitants of the ice pack. In return, they get a golden star to attach to the Christmas tree. However, on this particular Christmas Eve morning, Micky gets up and starts to sneeze. "You’ll have to sing without me tonight" he… Continue reading The Carol Christmas
TALES ✨📚✨ Author: Lydie Jaillon Lulu is a little polar bear who lives in an igloo on the polar ice cap. On Christmas Eve, his eyes shining with excitement, he asks his mum:-Mum, I’ve been good this year, haven’t I?-Of course you have dear. You’re a very good little bear.-Can I write my letter to… Continue reading A Christmas Dream
TALES ✨📚✨ Mrs. Smith is feeling a little sad. This year, she’s going to be on her own for Christmas. Her daughter and grandchildren live too far away from her to come and stay. Too bad! That won’t stop Mrs. Smith from cooking herself up a fine meal.But the wood’s wet and the fire won’t… Continue reading Mr Smith wonderful Christmas Eve
TALES ✨📚✨ Author: The Grimm Brothers There was once a shoemaker, who worked very hard and was very honest: but still he could not earn enough to live upon; and at last all he had in the world was gone, save just leather enough to make one pair of shoes.Then he cut his leather out,… Continue reading The Elves and the Shoemaker
TALES ✨📚✨ Author: Susan Coolidge The winter's sun was nearing the horizon's edge. Each moment the tree shadows grew longer in the forest; each moment the crimson light on the upper boughs became more red and bright. It was Christmas Eve, or would be in half an hour, when the sun should be fairly set;… Continue reading Toinett and the Elves
CHRISTMAS TALE ✨🎄📚✨ Author: Kahtleen Daly Mr & Mrs Mouse named their new baby "Chris Mouse", because he was born at Christmas time and happy time it was."Come let's take Chris to see the joys of Christmas", said father mouse.The first thing they saw was a snowman."Snow falls from the sky on cold days in… Continue reading Christmas Toys