(A New Month & A New Year)
New Year's Song
(Clap Your Hands)
(Come, Good Sleep)
(Come, Sleep, Come, Health)
(Ho, Hail and He May Prosper)
(Hush, Son of the King)
(It's Raining, It's Snowing)
(I've a Son and I'm Glad)
(Make No Noise)
(My Little Shining Moon)
(My Rosy Child)
(Our Patchwork Boat)
(Rain, Rain, Dear Virgin)
(Sleep, My Darling)
(Sleep Nurtures Babies)
(Swing, (My) Pretty )
(Take Him in Charge, Kind Sleep)
(The Child Wants to Dance)
(The Cuckoo Sleeps)
(The Girl (or Boy) Wants to Dance)
(The Rose is Sleeping Beside the Marjoram)
(The Turtle Dance)
(Today is Born of the Virgin)
(Today The Virgin )
(Water, Lady Vangeline)
Please contribute a traditional song or rhyme from your country.
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Chris wrote asking for help with a childhood song from Greece that his father sang. Here’s his email: Hi Lisa, I need some help with this please; I am trying to locate a song my father would sing to my brothers as children. He’s from Lafkos – Pelion, Magnesia, Greece [...]
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Daria (a children’s performer) wrote to me about her husband’s experience as a child in Greece at Christmas time. Here’s what she wrote: "My husband grew up in Greece and loves to remember caroling with a triangle during the Christmas season. He and his brothers and [...]
We’ve been emailed some questions about Greek songs and rhymes. Here are the emails: 1. O pateras olon… Hello Mama Lisa, I’ve stumbled upon your site and very happy to do so. My husband and I are becoming grandparents for the first time and while we await the arrival [...]
Katina wrote asking for help with two Greek songs that she’d like to sing to her great-granddaughter. Here’s what she wrote: Hi Mama Lisa, I have two songs that were sung to me by my father and mother, and that I sang to my children and grandchildren. I want to sing them to my [...]
Kitte asked me an interesting question about a Greek rhyme she heard at the Acropolis that helped to end a fight between two men. Here’s what she wrote about it… Hi Lisa, I have a question that is about something I experienced in Athens in the mid 90’s and have wondered [...]
Here’s how you play the Greek Easter Egg Game… 1. Hard boil eggs and dye them red. In Greece, it’s traditional to dye eggs red for Easter. 2. Two players pick an egg. Player one clacks (taps) her egg on the top of player two’s egg. 3. Both players [...]
Last month a ship from the 1700’s was found in the Ground Zero construction site in New York. The ship was probably sunk at the site in an effort to extend the land in Manhattan in the early 19th century. It’s called The Mystery Ship and it’s now being studied at a lab in [...]
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