Who is Krampus? 🎅

HISTORY OF KRAMPUS The legend is part of a centuries old Christmas tradition in Germany, where Christmas celebrations begin in early December.Krampus was created as a counterpart to kindly St. Nicholas, who rewarded children with sweets. Krampus, in contrast, would swat “wicked” children and take them away to his lair.According to folklore, Krampus purportedly shows […]

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History of Christmas Tree 🎄

HISTORY In the Northern hemisphere, the shortest day and longest night of the year falls on December 21 or December 22 and is called the winter solstice. Many ancient people believed that the sun was a god and that winter came every year because the sun god had become sick and weak. They celebrated the […]

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Who is Befana? 🎅

HISTORY OF BEFANA The feast of this fairy-tale old lady, so much beloved and feared by Italian children, takes origin from the “old lady” which was burned in the squares to celebrate the end of the year, a symbol of time cycles always ending and beginning again.The Befana is also related to the mysterious rites […]

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History of Santa Claus 🎅

THE LEGEND OF SANTA CLAUS Even after the Protestant Reformation, when the veneration of saints began to be discouraged, St. Nicholas maintained a positive reputation, especially in Holland.The name Santa Claus evolved from Nick’s Dutch nickname,Sinter Klaas, a shortened form of Sint Nikolaas (Dutch for Saint Nicholas). In 1804, John Pintard, a member of the […]

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Moving ☘

Author: Michael Rosen No one knows what I do.No one knows where I go. They see me when I come in to eat.They see me when I sit on my chair.They have me to tickle,I have their laps. Other times I am nowhere and everywhere.And that’s how it is. That’s how it wastill the boxes […]

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The Night before Christmas 🎅

Author: Clement Clarke Moore Was the night before Christmas, when all through the house not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.The stocking were hung by the chimney with care, in hopes that St Nicholas soon would be there.The children were nestled all snug in their beds, while visions of sugarplums danced in their […]

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Where was witch Street? ☘

Author: Stacy Aumonier In the public bar of the Wagtail, in Wapping, four men and a woman were drinking beer and discussing diseases. It was not a pretty subject, and the company was certainly not a handsome one. It was a dark November evening, and the dingy lighting of the bar seemed but to emphasize […]

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Merlin the Wizzard 🧚‍♂️

Many years ago,when England was just a handful of kingdoms which battled between them,Arthur, son of king Uther, was born. The child’s mother, died few after giving birth and the father gave him to the wizard Merlin in order to educate him. Merlin decided to bring the baby to the castle of a noble man […]

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The Enchanted Forest 🧚‍♂️

Once upon a time, there was a beautiful forest, with a lot of trees and flowers of all the colours which gladden the sight to all the people who went there. Every afternoon, the animals of the forest meet there to play. The rabbits had a race to see who was the first to arrive […]

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Ghostly Village 👻

The night was rainy;a big storm was falling on the sea. The waves were enormous and the fog was thick.The ships rocked one side to the other as marionettes.Suddenly, an awful creaking was heard in the darkness. A big cloud of smoke was seen in the distance and an intense odour could be noticed in […]

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The last Halloween 🎃

Aren’t you going out for trick or treat?” Jennifer’s mom asked two weeks before Halloween. “If you want me to make a costume, we’d better get started.”“I’m getting kind of old for that,” Jennifer said. “Maybe I’ll skip it this year.”Her mom seemed surprised. “Are you sure? I thought you loved to go out?” Jennifer […]

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Tunnel of Horror 🎃

“No way,” Rachael said. “You guys go. I’ll wait out here.” She put her hand on the sun-heated railing outside the Tunnel of Terror ride.“Come on,” Penny said. “It’ll be fun. And we already went on the rides that you wanted.”“Yeah,” Trish said, rubbing her shoulder. “We did the bumper cars twice, just because you […]

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The Haunted Castle 👻

Once upon a time, lived a young boy called Maxime. Maxime (or Max as everyone called him) was 12 and lived in a smart house in the village. In the village lived 3000 people but just outside the village, in a haunted castle, lived a witch. The witch didn’t live alone – she lived with […]

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