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CHRISTMAS SYMBOL: CHRISTMAS ROBINS

These little birds might not be considered much of a Christmas symbol in North America, but they definitely are in the UK, and make frequent appearances on cards and Christmas cakes. Two children’s Christmas books about robins are The Wise Robin by Noel Barr and Coming Home by Michael Morpurgo.

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HISTORY SHARE: EUROPE’S WEREWOLF TRIALS

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HISTORY TIDBIT: THE FIRST PRINCE OF WALES

We now have a new Prince of Wales. This one, like many of those before him, is English, but there were Welsh Princes of Wales long before the English Monarch, Edward I, bestowed that title on his heir, the future Edward II.  According to legend, the Welsh weren’t especially chuffed about being under English rule, […]

CHRISTMAS LEGEND: TABBY CATS’ ‘M’s

The legendary Christmas ‘M’ on the forehead of tabby cats can be seen in the above photo of our grey tabby, Sprite, who was with us for seventeen years. We got her at the local flea market the day that someone there  had a box of kittens to give away. The youngest of the next […]

HISTORY SHARE: THE TROJAN HORSE DEBATE

The Greeks are said to have entered Troy by way of the Trojan Horse on April 24th, 1184 B.C. Whether or not they actually did so on that specific date, or even at all, is something scholars still dispute. http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2004/05/0514_040514_troy.html

CHRISTMAS TRADITION: KRAMPUSNACHT

Happy (or for terrified children, not so happy) Krampusnacht! A Germanic pre-Christmas tradition you might not want to share with young children. Or even especially sensitive older ones. https://www.theatlantic.com/photo/2013/12/krampus-saint-nicholas-dark-companion/100639/ https://www.facebook.com/Thrillist/videos/10155938764325891/?hc_ref=ARRqNuxKwTVvqGGgh3EFhiv-K6PuLAZadzl2wo7fGOIiNDi5NVyLp1w6KoSk06EYTvk

HISTORY TIDBIT: VIKING SAGAS

* Authorized Reproduction, Rex May: http://baloocartoons.com/ VIKING SAGAS J.R.R. Tolkien is said to have drawn some of his inspiration for his Lord of The Rings trilogy, from Viking sagas. The word saga means ‘what is told’, and sagas were essentially long adventure stories told in poem and prose. First written down between the twelfth and […]

TRIVIA TRAIL: SANTA’S CHRISTMAS TRAVELS

Question: Does Santa Claus really go all over the world in just one night? Answer: No. In some European countries, December 25th is strictly a religious holiday, so the children there get their presents from St. Nicholas on December 6th (St. Nicholas Day), and those in Russia and other Orthodox countries have to wait until […]

GUEST AUTHOR: RUMINATING ABOUT RUNES WITH MARVA DASEF

Marva Dasef is a writer living in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, a fat white cat, and a saucy black cat.  Retired from thirty-five years in the software industry, she has now turned her energies to writing fiction and finds it a much more satisfying occupation.  Marva has published more than forty stories in […]

BOOK SERIES REVIEW: THE WITCHES OF GALDORHEIM

History is filled with myth and legend, and even books set in modern times can encompass these. In the Witches of Galdorheim series, it is the oft-neglected Scandinavian lore that is foremost. We are first introduced to the hidden island of Galdorheim in Spellslinger, a short story in which the magic of a young half […]

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