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 ✨📚✨ Did you ever hear the old story about the foolish Frogs? The Frogs in a certain swamp decided that they needed a king; they had always got along perfectly well without one, but they suddenly made up their minds that a king they must have. They sent a messenger to Jove and begged… Continue reading The Frog and the King
TALES ✨📚✨ Once upon a time there was a wee little boy who slept in a tiny trundle bed near his mother's great bed. The trundle bed had castors on it so that it could be rolled about, and there was nothing in the world the little boy liked so much as to have it… Continue reading Little Jack Roll around
TALES ✨📚✨ One hot summer morning a little Cloud rose out of the sea and floated lightly and happily across the blue sky. Far below lay the earth, brown, dry, and desolate, from drought. The little Cloud could see the poor people of the earth working and suffering in the hot fields, while she herself… Continue reading The Cloud
TALES ✨📚✨ Author: Celia Thaxter A little boy sat at his mother's knees, by the long western window, looking out into the garden. It was autumn, and the wind was sad; and the golden elm leaves lay scattered about among the grass, and on the gravel path. The mother was knitting a little stocking; her… Continue reading The blackberry bush
TALES ✨📚✨ Author: Van Antwerp, Bragg & Co There were once three little butterfly brothers, one white, one red, and one yellow. They played in the sunshine, and danced among the flowers in the garden, and they nevergrew tired because they were so happy.One day there came a heavy rain, and it wet their wings.… Continue reading The 3 little Butterflies
TALES ✨📚✨ Author: Annie Willis McCullough The King was very ill indeed and no one in all the court could find out what was his ailment or how to cure it. He had been the kindest, merriest king for miles about, always ready to help a poor subject or to stop and play with the… Continue reading The song of the Spring
TALES ✨📚✨ Author: Ralph Connor At first there were no canyons, but only the broad, open prairie. One day the Master of the Prairie, walking out over his great lawns, where were only grasses, asked thePrairie, "Where are your flowers?"And the Prairie said, "Master, I have no seeds". Then he spoke to the birds, and… Continue reading The Canyon flowers