Tag Archives: Christmas

The Festival of Yule

As part of their Christmas celebrations, many people will probably be tucking into a delicious chocolate cake called a “Yule Log”, or they might even recognise the name “Yuletide” for this time of year, which features in the odd Christmas … Continue reading

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Krampusnacht

Krampus is a horned, demon-type creature, sometimes depicted as half man half goat. His name means “claw” and he’s possibly based on mythological creatures such as the satyrs. Mostly known in Austria and Bavaria, he said to visit on 5th … Continue reading

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St Lucia

St Lucia’s Day is celebrated in Sweden on the 13th of December. The name Lucy means light, and as the 13th of December used to be the Winter Solstice St Lucia’s day is now also celebrated as a festival of … Continue reading

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Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Rudolph is the most famous of Santa’s reindeer and the one who leads his sleigh. The other eight reindeer are: Dancer and Prancer, Donner and Blitzen, Comet and Cupid, Dasher and Vixen. According to the story, Rudolph used to get … Continue reading

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Who was Good King Wenceslaus?

This is another guest post from my fabulous husband, Ian. Ian is a German to English translator and a Blue Badge Tourist Guide. Good King Wenceslaus – The Story Behind the Carol. We all know the popular Christmas carol “Good … Continue reading

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Who was Babushka?

Before the revolution in Russia, all the children had heard of Babushka, who left them presents on Christmas Eve. These days not all Russians know the story as New Year is a more important celebration to Russians, but the story … Continue reading

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Who was St Nicholas?

Over the next 18 days, children around the world will be counting down the days, beside themselves with excitement for the annual visit of an elderly gentleman who will bring them gifts – if they’ve been good.  We call him … Continue reading

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