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...

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...

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...
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...
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...

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,...
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,...