Winter fun (and so much to explore) for kids! The Winter Box is Ready!

Winter fun (and so much to explore) for kids! The Winter Box is Ready!

The Winter 2014-15 Folklore in a Box is full of winter fun (and so much to learn) for kids. A super cool gift or great school activity, our box takes you and your kids on a tour of the beauty and meaning of winter in different cultures around the world. Four activities, a book, stories(…)

Why We Decorate with Red and Green

Why We Decorate with Red and Green

The tradition of decorating for wintertime with evergreens (that sometimes have red berries) can be found in many northern European and North American cultures. It is common in places where it gets cold and dark as we approach winter solstice, and where there are evergreen forests. It is a symbol of hope and faith that(…)

Mrs. Sharp and Some Autumn Traditions

Mrs. Sharp and Some Autumn Traditions

I recently came across the first book written by Sarah Ban Breathnach, who you might remember later wrote the bestseller, Simple Abundance. Her first book is quirky, but I kind of love it. It’s called Mrs. Sharp’s Traditions: Reviving Victorian Family Celebrations of Comfort and Joy. It’s all told in the voice of the fictional(…)

Announcing Folklore in a Box!

Announcing Folklore in a Box!

The Fall 2014 Folklore in a Box is ready! Inside, you will find:  a storybook for kids that tells a favorite Tlingit trickster tale about how light came to the world, a mask-making kit that can begin an exploration of trickster tales from different cultures, a how-to for making a Day of the Dead altar(…)

Chinese Moon Festival — This Weekend

Chinese Moon Festival — This Weekend

This weekend, September 6-8, is the Chinese Moon Festival.  This is a fun celebration to share with your kids.  They get to learn about another culture and have fun in the process.  Our formal American holidays don’t include celebrations of the harvest.  It might be nice to incorporate some aspect of this tradition into your(…)

Canning Party: Fun! + Hard Work: Everyday Traditions and (Social) Change

Canning Party: Fun! + Hard Work: Everyday Traditions and (Social) Change

Harvest time is coming. The tomatoes, beans, zucchini and cukes are ready, and I have to pick them and do something with them – can them, freeze them, cook with them. I’ve been researching harvest traditions for the first Folklore in a Box, on sale in a mid-August (more on that very soon). Harvest traditions(…)

The Kam Wah Chung Chinese Heritage Museum in John Day, OR

The Kam Wah Chung Chinese Heritage Museum in John Day, OR

My family recently went on a fun camping trip to the Painted Hills and John Day River. We stopped in one of the coolest little museums I’ve seen in a long time, the Kam Wah Chung Museum in John Day. There is a really informative interpretive center, but the amazing part is getting a tour(…)

A Story for a Trip Up the Gorge

A Story for a Trip Up the Gorge

With summer road trips coming up, I keep thinking of local native American creation stories that I heard as a kid and have retold to my kids. Now, I am not Native American – I’m an Italian, Swedish, English, German mutt, but these are stories I must have heard in school growing up in Oregon.(…)

Summer Solstice — Kids’ Craft

Summer Solstice — Kids’ Craft

Here’s a little summer solstice craft for kids to kick off summer vacation.  You could put one on your front door or make a few and hang them from the ceiling in a play room or bedroom, or make a garland out of them.  You only need: scissors, glue, tape, different colored and textured orange and(…)

Summer Solstice

Summer Solstice

On a much lighter note than my last post, it’s summer solstice this weekend!  Solstice is the time to have a party, a bonfire, a feast and dancing.   The key themes we often find in solstice celebrations make easy sense – fire, dancing, fertility, feast, festival – and in many northern European traditions, fairies. And of(…)

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