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Krampus is a nasty demon with horns and a long red tongue. His name comes from the word for "Claw". He accompanies St. Nick on his rounds the night before St. Nick’s Day (December 6th). St. Nick gives all the good little boys and girls gifts. Krampus, on the [...]
Frank wrote to me: A long time ago, my dad told me a rhyme in Slovenian about St. Matthew. I can’t write it in Slovenian but the English translation is as follows: St. Matthew breaks up ice. If he doesn’t have it, he makes it. Do you know the origin of the rhyme and when […] [...]
As Easter approaches, it’s natural to think a little about eggs! In days gone by the egg, due to its shape, was a symbol of the earth. Thanks to its obvious association with the beginning of life, it has also been the basis of many ancient creation stories. It has been a symbol of fertility, [...]
Guest Blogger, Ed Gawlinski, has been involved in many cultural organizations throughout his life. Here, he discusses Easter traditions in several Eastern European cultures. A common custom is to color hard boiled eggs for Easter. We usually colored them on Good Friday, while eating hot cross [...]
GUEST BLOGGER Lisa Smith of Regionz Kidz has graciously shared this interesting post about international Valentine’s Day traditions. February 14th has come to mean red and pink hearts, flowers, chocolates and Hallmark cards here in the US. But, how did Valentine’s Day become a day that [...]
David wrote to us asking for help with a song from the island of Fyn in Denmark… I need help with this song. It is found in an oral history from my ancestor on the island of Funen (Fyn in Danish) in Denmark; Odense is the capital. Here’s the phonetic version of the song: Socksey [...]
Kit wrote to us looking for help with a song her mom remembers… Mom is 88. She knows part of an old song. No matter how hard we look, we can’t find it. “A silly goose, on apple juice, refreshed herself one day, And then among her friends so young, she wandered on her [...]
Terry wrote asking for help with a Sicilian rhyme… I am trying to track down the rhyme my Sicilian (Sant'Agata, Messina) grandmother used to say to us as children, as she touched each part of our face, ending with a little cheek tap. All I remember is something like… nasca [...]
Maja wrote asking for help with a song… Please could you help me find the lyrics for a song passed down from my great-grandmother?She lived on a large plantation in Trinidad and went to school in England so it could have been a very old British ditty. All I recall are the verses: A [...]
“Go Plant a Tree is a poem by Ella Wheeler Wilcox from 1918. I thought it was fitting to share with Earth Day coming up this weekend. You can hear a recording of the poem below and read along with the text. Enjoy! -Mama Lisa MP3 Recording of Go Plant a Tree Go Plant a […] [...]
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