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I giorni della Merla

Winter legends for an Italian 2020

Traditionally, January is considered the coldest month of the year in Italy, especially its last three days, the 29th, 30th and 31st, which we call Giorni della Merla, or the “female blackbird days.” Weather experts debunked this myth, but Italians still love the legend, without a doubt tied for many of them to beautiful childhood memories.

You see, blackbirds, or so the story goes, used to be as white and snow and used to collect food to keep in their nest during the early weeks of winter, so that they could survive the icy days of January without leaving it: their aim was to finally peak out of their home only when the sun was back high in the sky. And so did they, a long time ago, finally flying out of their tree on the 28th of January, mocking the winter with their chirping: the cold season did no longer frighten them!

But Winter didn’t appreciate all that joy and chit-chat, nor the birds’ benevolent mocking, so it sent out the coldest, iciest of winds, that froze the earth over and destroyed all of the blackbirds’ nests. Left without shelter, they found refuge in chimneys, comforted by their warmth. But when the storm ended in February and they flew out in the sky again, their feathers had turned black because of the sooth they had lived in for the past three days.

This is why, we all learned as children, blackbirds are black.

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January 29, 2020 at 8:25 pm Leave a comment

Ludovic – The Snow Gift

Directed by Co Hoedeman – 1998 | 14 min

It’s winter in a thatched cottage, home to a family of teddy bears. The young cub Ludovic dreams of tobogganing but his parents tell him he’s too little. He invents wonderful games to share with a doll that miraculously comes to life. This tender tale evokes the cozy relationship between a child and a favourite toy.

January 12, 2019 at 8:25 pm Leave a comment

Picture-books in Winter

by Robert Louis Stevenson

Summer fading, winter comes—
Frosty mornings, tingling thumbs,
Window robins, winter rooks,
And the picture story-books.

Water now is turned to stone
Nurse and I can walk upon;
Still we find the flowing brooks
In the picture story-books.

All the pretty things put by,
Wait upon the children’s eye,
Sheep and shepherds, trees and crooks,
In the picture story-books.

We may see how all things are
Seas and cities, near and far,
And the flying fairies’ looks,
In the picture story-books.

How am I to sing your praise,
Happy chimney-corner days,
Sitting safe in nursery nooks,
Reading picture story-books?

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November 16, 2018 at 8:25 pm Leave a comment

First Winter Song

by Alfred Perceval Graves

“Take my tidings:
Stags contend;
Snows descend—
Summer’s end!
“A chill wind raging,
The sun low keeping,
Swift to set
O’er seas high sweeping.
“Dull red the fern;
Shapes are shadows;
Wild geese mourn
O’er misty meadows.
“Keen cold limes each weaker wing,
Icy times—
Such I sing!
Take my tidings.”

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November 6, 2018 at 8:25 pm Leave a comment

PUNXSUTAWNEY PHIL’S PROGNOSTICATION

5 WAYS TO PREPARE FOR PUNXSUTAWNEY PHIL’S PROGNOSTICATION

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February 2, 2018 at 8:25 pm Leave a comment

Drive the Cold Winter Away

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December 25, 2016 at 3:25 pm Leave a comment

GREECE: Christmas Goblins

Greek Christmas customs & traditions: Kallikantzaroi (Christmas goblins)

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During the year Kallikantzari are forced to live underground. Here, they spend their time sawing away at the pagan World Tree in hopes of bringing it down, forcing the earth to collapse in on itself and basically killing us and everything we know.

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December 22, 2016 at 5:25 am Leave a comment

Yule/Winter Solstice/Winter Festivals/Saturnalia

The Magical History Of Yule, The Pagan Winter Solstice Celebration

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December 21, 2016 at 3:25 pm Leave a comment

Sing The Cold Winter Away

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December 19, 2016 at 3:25 pm Leave a comment

The Girl and The Cloud

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November 22, 2016 at 5:25 am Leave a comment

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