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Here are some of Mama Lisa's recent posts about the music, culture and traditions of the world.
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    The Sugar-plum Tree is a sweet poem by Eugene Field. Sugar-plums are candy like Jordan Almonds.  Other treats aside from almonds can be found inside the hard outer sugarcoating.  You can read the poem below and listen along to the recording... MP3 Recording of The Sugar-plum Tree The Sugarplum Tree By Eugene Field Have you […] Read more »
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    Sugarplums are associated with Christmas even though most people don’t really know what they are!  They’re actually like Jordan Almonds - but not necessarily with almonds inside. The term isn’t heard much anymore outside of Christmas poems like, "T’was the Night Before Christmas" with the lines: The children were nestled all snug in their beds, […] Read more »
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    In the US, we all see the bright holiday lights in December in our neighborhoods. NASA has found such an increase in luminosity that it can be seen from space!  A 20 - 50% increase in light during the Christmas season in the US. Here’s an image that shows a similar effect, which can be […] Read more »
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    Check out Celebrating Christmas Musical Traditions Around the World to learn about different holiday traditions.  You can take a virtual holiday trip to Mexico, South Korea, Norway, Australia and Nigeria.  Enjoy! Mama Lisa Read more »
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    Season’s greetings! At Mama Lisa’s World there’s no time of year we love better than the holidays! We’re happy to announce that we’ve recently added the following Christmas Carols to Mama Lisa’s World with mp3 recordings and YouTube videos: Italian Dormi, dormi, bel Bambin (Sleep, Sleep Beautiful Child) Tu scendi dalle stelle (You Come Down […] Read more »
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    Rest in Peace Norman Bridwell, creator of the kids books featuring Clifford the Big Red Dog. I’ll always remember reading stacks of Clifford books with my son Calvin when he was young.  They helped him learn how to read! Bridwell has left an enduring legacy with his books that children and parents will read for […] Read more »
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    Ray Lee, who grew up in Hong Kong, wrote, "We played all these when we were kids... The bottom right is Chinese Chess. Adults play that too. The other three are for kids. They don’t really have English names. Top left is ??? (Jungle). It’s like chess in that there are two opposing players/sides and […] Read more »
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    Nettles are a spiky leafy plant found in much of the world.  The leaves can be eaten, but you need to use gloves when picking and cooking nettles since they’re prickly. Once they’re cooked they become soft. (Note: You don’t want to eat them once they’ve started flowering.) Nettles can be found in various recipes […] Read more »
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    Shirley Pitcher wrote to me from Australia about a family tradition, handed down from her great-grandmother who came from North Ireland, to eat Nettle Cake or Eccles Cake on New Year’s Eve. Here’s Shirley’s letter followed by a recipe I found for Eccles Cake: The Great-Grandma I remember – Her name was Rosa – she […] Read more »
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    Ayako wrote to me about two popular Christmas songs from the Philippines that she learnt recently. Here’s her letter: Hi, Lisa I learned these Christmas songs from my English teacher.  She is from the Philippines. She told me that about 80% of Filipinos are Catholic and go to church about for 2 weeks ahead of […] Read more »
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