December 14th, 2015
Gingerbread Cookies are an important part of the holiday season in Germany. They’re sold in Christmas Markets that are found all over Germany at this time of year. The creation of the Gingerbread Man is credited to the court of Queen Elizabeth I. The story is that she had gingerbread man cookies made to resemble […]
December 7th, 2015
Weihnachten (Christmas) is one of the most famous German Christmas poems. It was written by Joseph Freiherr von Eichendorff (1788 – 1857). The poem starts with the mention of a market. The Christmas Market – Weihnachtsmarkt – is a big part of the Christmas season in Germany. It usually opens with the start of Advent. […]
December 21st, 2014
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. Jordan almonds are almonds with several coatings of sugar. Sugarplums aren’t heard of much anymore outside of Christmas poems like, "T’was the Night Before Christmas" with the lines: […]
December 10th, 2012
"Little Snowflake" is a poem about Christmas by Hannah More Kahaus (1745-1833). You can listen to an mp3 recording of it below and read along with the poem. MP3 of Little Snowflake Little Snowflake Little snow-flake, soft and white, Drops down in the silent night ; Soft she came with steady poise, Making not a […]
December 9th, 2012
Advent is a poem about Christmas by Austrian poet, Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926). Here you can listen to an mp3 of the original poem in German while reading along with the text. After the poem you’ll find an English translation. MP3 of Advent Advent Es treibt der Wind im Winterwalde die Flockenherde wie ein Hirt […]
December 19th, 2011
Over the millennia, mistletoe has been a symbol of romance and fertility. Since the 18th century or earlier, it’s been used as a Christmas decoration, hung from above… and if a man and a woman should happen to find each other together under the mistletoe, they have to kiss! Here you can read a poem […]
December 17th, 2011
The poem Santa Claus is from the book Christmas (1907). The author is anonymous. Here you can listen to the poem being read while reading along… MP3 Recording of Santa Claus Poem Santa Claus Anonymous He comes in the night! He comes in the night! He softly, silently comes; While the little brown heads on […]
December 1st, 2011
Here is the Chimney Here is the Chimney (Make a fist around thumb) Here is the top. (Palm of other hand on top of fist) Open the lid. (Remove hand quickly) And out Santa will pop. (Pop up thumb) Many thanks to Gracie Gralike for the drawing of Santa!
November 14th, 2011
Our first Kindle book, Mama Lisa’s Christmas Around the World, is now available on Amazon for just $2.99! Learn how this joyful season is celebrated across the globe. Featuring traditions, songs and personal stories! People everywhere love Christmas – but we don’t all celebrate it the same way. Mama Lisa’s Christmas Around The World is […]
December 24th, 2010
Come get into the spirit of the Christmas holiday! Listen to some carols below… Boar’s Head Carol – Sung by Ruth Golding – Lyrics Here I Heard the Bells by Henry W. Longfellow – Sung by Megan Kunkel – Lyrics Here Silent Night by Franz Xaver Gruber – Sung by DL Pead Sleep Holy Babe […]
December 18th, 2010
It’s Christmas all around the world! Here are links to Christmas carols, rhymes, poems, crafts and recipes from across the globe. Feel free to share your favorite Christmas recipe, song or rhyme with us by emailing me or commenting below. Merry Christmas! Mama Lisa
December 12th, 2010
The Mouse and the Christmas Cake is a poem about a mouse setting up house in a Christmas cake that looks like a castle. Sweet! Hear a Recording of The Mouse and the Christmas Cake Hear a 2nd Recording of The Mouse and the Christmas Cake A LITTLE MOUSE THAT BUILT ITSELF A HOUSE IN […]
November 27th, 2010
A Visit from Saint Nicholas is a classic poem that has been read for nearly two centuries at Christmastime. You may know it as It Was the Night Before Christmas or Twas the Night Before Christmas by Clement Clarke Moore. It’s believed to have been first published in 1823. Below you can hear 3 different […]
December 13th, 2009
After a long day shopping for gifts, we may long for the long lost days when we think it was simpler at Christmastime. Well, maybe it wasn’t! Check out this poem I just found from nearly a century ago… HER CHRISTMAS SHOPPING By Carolyn Wells (Published in 1913) WHY do I have to shop? Upon […]
December 11th, 2009
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882) wrote Christmas Bells during the Civil War on Christmas Day 1863. It was a seven verse poem that later was shortened to the five verse carol that’s sung today. The tune was written by John Baptiste Calkin (1827-1905) in 1872. Below you can read the full poem and hear it sung […]
December 10th, 2009
Below you’ll find a poem about baby’s first Christmas with an mp3 recording. It was written by Emily Huntington Miller (1833 – 1913). MP3 of Hang Up the Baby’s Stocking Hang Up the Baby’s Stocking By Emily Huntington Miller Hang up the baby’s stocking: Be sure you don’t forget; The dear little dimpled darling! She […]
December 8th, 2009
Here’s a beautiful Christmas tree poem by E.E. Cummings (1894-1962) with an mp3 recording… MP3 recording of little tree little tree by e.e. cummings little tree little silent Christmas tree you are so little you are more like a flower who found you in the green forest and were you very sorry to come away? […]
December 5th, 2007
Ed Gawlinski wrote to me about his family’s holiday traditions. His letter shows how you can be creative and expose your children to many different customs around the world at this time of year… Lisa, The Polish Custom is for Saint Nicholas (świętego Mikołaja) to bring children presents on December 6th …. The traditions that […]
December 16th, 2006
Holly is used to decorate houses at Christmas time and is a symbol of the season. Like many symbols, its roots can be traced to older celebrations. Holly was used in the time of the Romans in the Saturnalia. This was a festival devoted to Saturn, the god of the harvest. It was a time […]
December 18th, 2005
CHRISTMAS DAY Feathery flakes are falling, falling From the skies in softest way, And between are voices calling, “Soon it will be Christmas day!” -by Mary B. Dodge.
December 16th, 2005
Kriss Kringle is an American name for Santa Claus dating back over 150 years. Oddly enough the name derives from the German phrase Christ kindlein or Christ kind’l, meaning Christ child. However, Kriss Kringle is not used as a name for Santa in Germany. Here’s Kriss Kringle, a Christmas poem by the American writer Thomas […]
December 12th, 2005
A Visit from St. Nicholas, or The Night Before Christmas, is probably the best known and best loved poem in English about Christmas. It was written by a New Yorker, Clement Clark Moore, in 1822. It’s said that it was written as a Christmas gift for his numerous children. A Visit from St. Nicholas ‘Twas […]
December 2nd, 2005
Eugene Field (1850-1895), has been one of America’s best-loved children’s poets for over 100 years,. His most famous works include “Little Boy Blue”, “Wynken, Blynken, and Nod” and “The Duel”. At Christmas time, fans of Eugene Field particularly enjoy “Jest ‘fore Christmas”. Here it is… Jest ‘fore Christmas Father calls me William, sister calls me […]
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