It is time for Saint Nicholas and we have been listening to stories and carols from all around the world just to get into the Holiday Spirit.
Story Nory has some amazing free stories to download from traditional ones to fables. Our favorite at this time of the year is Christmas in Iceland. Did you know there is no Santa Claus in Iceland? Yule lads called Jolasveinar (say that three times) come baring gifts throughout the 12 days of Christmas. Here is a little clip to learn more.
In Netherlands Sinerklass is accompanied by helpers with black faces and traditional Moorish costumes, they are called ‘Zwarte Pieten’ (Black Peters). Zwarte Piet lets Santa know if a child has been good or bad. Sometimes, it is Zwarte Piet’s job to discipline the naughty children. They arrives from Spain by steamboat in the middle of November. Here is a beautiful animated film from Netherlands.
It is so hard to find books about different Holiday Traditions. Therefore I was really excited to see this book that just published about Polish Christmas Traditions:
It is a Charming Story Polish- American Children and their Christmas Celebration and it is written in English for everyone to enjoy. For more information click here.
And as you search the internet about other Clauses, you may be able to find them under these names:
Russia- Ded Moroz
And as you search don’t forget the Traditional American Tale and numerous stories from Story Nory.