November 12th, 2007
Aurora wrote: I am looking for the music/words to a song called Pancho Claus. I first heard it around 1957. Can anyone help? Aurora I’ve read on Mark Guerrero’s site that his father, Lalo Guerrero, wrote Pancho Claus in the 1940’s as a parody of the poem “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.” Perhaps emailing Mark […]
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 […]
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A Mama Lisa Book
People everywhere love Christmas – but we don’t all celebrate it the same way.
Mama Lisa’s Christmas Around The World is a celebration of the diversity and love with which many different cultures mark this joyful time of year.
You’ll read about:
The first part of the book covers some of the traditions that take place on days other than Christmas itself, like St. Nick’s Day and Epiphany. The history and meaning of these holidays is discussed, often with examples of traditional songs.
The second part presents beloved traditions and songs from many different nations. The songs are given in the original languages and with English translations.
What makes the book really special is the many comments from Mama Lisa’s correspondents who have shared stories and memories from their own lives. The memories of childhood touch us forever!
Many of the songs featured also include links to the Mama Lisa website, where you can find recordings, videos and sheet music.