Little Christmas, Saint Nicholas, Santa Claus… Today, we take you on a world tour of Christmas legends.
Once upon a time… Christmas tales
As the Christmas season comes to an end, we are in the mood for eternal magic, passed on from generation to generation. We are talking about Christmas tales and traditions! Today we take you on a world tour of the legends associated with the 25th of December.
In some European countries, there is a character as important as Father Christmas: Saint Nicholas. Traditionally, on the night of the first weekend in December, this old man, whose faithful steed is a donkey, brings sweets and small gifts to children who have been good. He is celebrated in Germany, Austria, Belgium, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, Switzerland and Russia.
The book to read: Saint-Nicolas, qui c’est qui celui-là? by Haes Ian and Bellière Charlotte.
Beware, children’s worst nightmare is called the bogeyman. He accompanies Father Christmas and St. Nicholas and threatens to carry away naughty children in his big bag. In some traditions, he hands out lumps of coal to children who have not been good. Nowadays, we talk less about him, especially to the little ones, nightmares guaranteed…
The book to read: Père fouettard et Saint-Nicolas, published by Grain de sable
The Grinch, a character invented by the writer Theodor Seuss Geisel, carries his bad mood with him as Christmas approaches. This bushy green character has only one goal: to spoil Christmas. So he disguises himself as an old red-bearded man and steals Christmas, no less. Of course, things don’t go as planned…
The book to read: How the Grinch stole Christmas by Dr Seuss
Celebrated on 13 December in Sweden, this festival marks the beginning of Advent. Saint Lucia leads a singing procession with a candle in her hand to light up the night. The spectators listen to the sweet and melodious songs, marvel at the candles and the magic of Christmas takes place…
The book to read: 24 Christmas tales from around the world by Judith Bouilloc
We hope you had a great holiday season, let’s rock 2023!
The Charlie Crane Team