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We wish all our  kind  Readers a very blessed Christmas!

Áldásos karácsonyi ünnepeket kivánunk minden kedves Olvasónknak!

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Melyiket a kilenc közül? (népmese) - Which One of the Nine?
Melyiket a kilenc közül? (népmese) - Which One of the Nine?

This is a folk tale about a poor bootmaker who had nine children.  His wife had died and he tried to make the best of it.  One Christmas Eve, he had nothing to give the children by way of presents, only a beautiful Christmas song of joy and celebration that he taught them.  And the children sang and made merry.

The rich owner of the house, who had no wife nor children and was bored, was bothered by the children's singing.  He offered to adopt one of the bootmaker's boys and make him a great lord. But the bootmaker could not part with any of them.  Then the houseowner offered him a thousand pengős if they would just not sing.  The bootmaker accepted, but then could not stop singing.  He ran to return the money to the houseowner, because for him, being able to sing whenever he wanted was worth more than all that money.  

We have included the song they sang in the story.  It is an old one, going back to the 17th century, and is widely known. 

 

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American-Hungarian Community

Our First Christmas in America, 70 Years Ago

The right wing of this building was our apartment.
Our First Christmas in America, 70 Years Ago

These are excerpts from Family News #24, written by my Dad in Princeton-Junction, NJ, on December 31st, 1949.  We had arrived in America on July 11th of the same year, sponsored by my Aunt and Uncle, Louise and Raul Vajk.  They had returned to the US just a few short years earlier, and had to start from scratch themselves. (To spotlight what I mean: my cousin Antonia, two years older than I, had to stay home from school when her single pair of shoes had to be repaired!) Nevertheless they had sent life-saving packages of food, as well as clothing, to us in Germany for several years after the War.

So my parents wanted to reimburse them, in instalments. The amount they agreed on was a thousand dollars, which in 1949 was a great deal of money!  So it took us longer to get on our feet.

In Seprtember of 1949, we moved into the right wing of a Texaco gas station in Princeton-Junction which the owner, Mr. Hall had transformed into a very simple apartment.  We lived there for two years until Dad’s commuting to a draftsman’s job in New York became too expensive.

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Remig A. Papp, with introduction by EPF

Mikulás
Mikulás will visit the children at the Wallingford Hungarian House. See the full story...

Magyar News Classics

Merry Christmas - Kellemes Karácsonyt
The original article was printed in the December 1995 issue of Magyar News See the full story...

Arts and Culture

Another Christmas Custom: Kántálás

Akin to our caroling, this ancient custom is still still alive in some areas of the country.

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EPF

Karácsony in the name

Bell tower in Mikekarácsonyfa / Harangláb Mikekarácsonyfán
Karácsony in the name

We often wonder where the names of towns come from, as our colleague, viola vonfi did in several previous  issues earlier this year..

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Karolina Tima Szabó

New Colors in the Hungarian Spectrum?

Little G Weevil
New Colors in the Hungarian Spectrum?

A Magyar blues singer has returned to Budapest, adding unusual colors to the Hungarian spectrum. If you were lucky enough to be there on November 21st, you could have enjoyed Little G Weevil and his blues band at A38 Hajó.  If you missed it, take advantage of the next opportunity.  He is home again.

 

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ZsuZsa Simándy

The New Year's Eve "Twelve" - Szilveszteri "tizenkettő"
The New Year's Eve "Twelve" - Szilveszteri "tizenkettő"
Pilinszky János, born in 1921, was drafted into the Hungarian army in 1944, and with his unit was sent to follow the German army as it withdrew to Germany.  He was captured, and was in various prisoner of war camps.  He saw several concentration camps, an indelible experience reflected in many of his poems.  Pilinszky's writings, described as juxtaposing his Roman Catholic faith with intellectual disenchantment,  greatly influenced post-World War II Hungarian poetry.  This essay is perhaps a good example of his style.  He received numerous literary prizes, and died in 1981. See the full story...
Pilinszky János

Christmas Wine Soup
Christmas Wine Soup

Instead of egg nog for Christmas, try something different for holiday cheer this year.

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Hungary Past and Present

Recalling the Women’s December Demonstration
Recalling the Women’s December Demonstration

Not many people recall the large, silent demonstration by the women of Budapest on December 4th, 1956, a month after Russian tanks began pouring into the capital to crush the Revolution. 

 

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EPF

It's a Small World/Kicsi a Világ

Did you know ...?
... that this time we have famous women - of the past and the present - as well as a world-famous cake, not to mention the treasure of our language? See the full story...

It’s a Small World

Hi, neighbor!

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Olga Vállay Szokolay