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We wish all our kind Readers a
very blessed Christmas!
Áldásos karácsonyi ünnepeket kívánunk minden kedves Olvasónknak! See the full story...
|Rossz a Jézus kiscsizmája|
According to this Christmas folksong, Baby Jesus' boots and sheepskin jacket are ragged, He is chilled to the bone. "If I had little boots, I'd give them to Him, and cover Him with my sheepskin jacket. Then He would lean to me, perhaps even kiss me. No one in the whole wide world would be happier than I." See the full story...
|Az én kiscsizmám / My Little Boots|
According to this Christmas folksong, Baby Jesus' boots and sheepskin jacket are ragged. "If I had little boots, I'd give them to Him, and cover Him with my sheepskin jacket. Then He would lean to me, perhaps even kiss me. No one in the whole wide world would be happier than I."
This song is the theme running through our Christmas story by Stolmár Ilona. See the full story...
A Post-War Christmas, 1947
Mom and Erika at the window
We had left Budapest in December 1944, and by the grace of God, survived bombings, near-fatal sickness, and had just moved from Hannover to Essen, Germany. Reason: Dad’s office, the British Control Commission for Germany, had just moved there. My American Aunt Louise and Uncle Raul Vajk regularly sent us food and clothing packages from the US, literally keeping us alive, for which we could never thank them enough.
The following is taken from Dad’s “Family News”. Despite our cramped quarters, the wonderful heat and the fact that Dad could come home every night meant a fantastic improvement in our quality of life. See the full story...
Remig A. Papp
|Christmas “Down Under”|
To us, it reads like a Fourth of July celebration, with the same focus on food. As in the United States, the religious meaning of the Christmas holiday seems to be lost in the hustle and bustle. Someone has written that in Australia, all so-called red letter holidays have been “genetically modified”! Another Hungarian immigrant complains that only by the promise of food and gifts can her grandchildren be lured out of the pool on Christmas Day.
Judy explained that when her family arrived in Australia in 1949, her parents wanted to assimilate into the local society, and therefore did not mix with other Hungarian immigrants. The only Hungarian Christmas custom they retained was her mother’s baking of torta and beigli. But she still has “a strong sentimental attachment to Hungary, especially the history. I have written about my family history and visited relevant sites in Hungary. Fortunately, I have never forgotten the language and get a great deal of satisfaction from speaking it when in Hungary, even though my vocabulary is limited.” She ended her message with “Kellemes karácsonyi ünnepeket kívánok!” See the full story...
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Szaloncukor Adorns our Christmas Tree
Art by Rozália Vasmatics Tuttle
Hungarian immigrants gave up not only their homeland but also some traditions when they arrived in the US. But one Christmas tradition that survived in most households was a real tree and szaloncukor! See the full story...
Judit Vasmatics Paolini
Recording the Hungarian Past – in Canada
Reformed church at Békevár, SK, 1910-1967
Although he concentrates on documenting the history of Hungarian settlements around the world, Dr. Tóth Gergely has published a survey of Magyar immigrant traces in Canada in the not too distant past. Currently he teaches German at Florida Atlantic University. See the full story...
Let us give you a quick introduction to Korond, famous for its glazed pottery. I was told that the way to distinguish it from others is to look at the colors used: if there is any red in the decoration, the piece does not come from here. Whether this rule of thumb still applies, I cannot tell. See the full story...
The Danube – Bottoms Up!
While the Eastern Seaboard of the United States experienced record rainfalls, most of Europe was in the throes of unprecedented drought this year. According to some reports, water had to be airlifted to the cows on the steep Swiss mountain pastures, where the winding, steep roads would not accommodate tankers. On the Danube River, for the first time, the Viking cruise ships had to cut their itinerary short of Hungary, due to the low water levels. Then day by day, more and more of the River’s bottom became exposed, uncovering unexpected artifacts, luring treasure-hunters from the vicinity.
As reported in mid-October, the latest important finding was a shipwreck from the 18th century, giving rise to a lot of questions and speculations. See the full story...
Olga Vállay Szokolay
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