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Who is Krampus?

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?

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Papa PanovS

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

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History of Christmas Tree

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

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Who is Befana?

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?

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History of Santa Claus

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

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The Elves

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