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very blessed Christmas!

Áldásos karácsonyi ünnepeket kívánunk minden kedves Olvasónknak 

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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." 

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Népdal/Folk Song

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. 

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Stolmár Ilona

A Post-War Christmas, 1947

Mom and Erika at the window
A Post-War Christmas, 1947

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. 

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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!” 

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Judy Calman

American-Hungarian Community

Szaloncukor Adorns our Christmas Tree

Art by Rozália Vasmatics Tuttle
Szaloncukor Adorns our Christmas Tree

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!

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Judit Vasmatics Paolini

Recording the Hungarian Past – in Canada

Reformed church at Békevár, SK, 1910-1967
Recording the Hungarian Past – in Canada

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.

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EPF

MIKULÁS VISITS HCC

Sunday,

Dec. 9, 2018

mikulÁs visits hcc

Mikulás to Greet Children Young and Old!

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Magyar News Classics

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Arts and Culture

“THE PAUL STREET BOYS” IN LONDON
“THE PAUL STREET BOYS” IN LONDON

Professional as well as amateur artists around the world are using bare urban firewalls for artwork.  This one is by Hungarians, to the world, with love.

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Olga Vállay Szokolay

“Nanushka” from Hungary

Sandra Sándor
“Nanushka” from Hungary

While I was visiting Hungary this fall, an ad on TV caught my eye, for Nanushka’s designs.

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Karolina Tima Szabo

Snapshots: Korond
Snapshots: Korond

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.

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EPF

Holiday Recipes

Linzer cookie
Holiday Recipes
Here is a menu of recipes to make your holidays really festive.  See the full story...

Hungary Past and Present

The Danube – Bottoms Up!

Treasure hunters
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.

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Olga Vállay Szokolay

It's a Small World/Kicsi a Világ

It’s a Small World – With a Twist

Toby
It’s a Small World – With a Twist

Man’s best friend can sometimes prove to be a connecting link in ways we would never think of!  

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OVS

Did you know ...
Did you know ...

... that there is a new technology that translates American Sign Language to English? 

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István Arato