Christmas

Celebrations

Did Coca-Cola Invent Santa Claus?

by Corey
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What a jolly guy! Twinkling eyes, rosy cheeks, big round belly and a full shiny beard. From head to toe in red and white… wait, those are the Coca-Cola colors! Is our childhood icon nothing more than a commercial creation, invented to sell sugar water? While living in Europe I was shocked to hear from […]

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Celebrations

How Santa Became Bilingual & Why Nikolaus Rules (Even Though He’s Monolingual)

by Corey
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By Corey Heller Photo credit: angelocesare Mum on the Brink got me thinking with her post Marrying traditions- Santa Claus, Sinterklaas and Mikulás. She discusses the trials and tribulations of combining the myriad of Christmas beliefs for her multicultural children. One traditional story says one thing while and another story stays something completely different. How […]

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Families

Language Transitions: My Favorite Time of Day

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By Trisha Yonekura Originally appeared in Multilingual Living Magazine Bundled up in a puffy down coat and a knit cap, he almost pulls my arm off with his excitement. “Today I played with Hiroto-kun and ate an orange and blew bubbles.  Mommy, I am so good at blowing bubbles,” the words flow out in Japanese. […]

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