Episode 11: Who is St. Nicholas? By CCK

Who is St. Nicholas and how did he become Santa Clause? This episode is about learning just that.  If you ever wondered about the history of St. Nick this short summery should do the trick.  

Reference : The Real Santa Claus by Marianna Mayer, Who Is Santa Claus by Robin Crichton, Christmas in the Crosshairs by Gerry Bowler, stnicholascenter.org/pages/who-is-st-nicholas/, https://www.whychristmas.com/customs/fatherchristmas.shtml

Episode 2: The Little Mermaid

An under water kingdom, the pursuit of an eternal soul and unrequited love. The classic fairy tale The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Andersen

 

Books of reference: The Annotated Classic Fairy Tale By Maria Tatar, The Oxford Companion to Fairy Tales Edited By Jack Zipes, Hans Christian Andersen His Fairy Tale life by Hjordis Varmer-Lilian Brogger, Hans Christian Andersen The Life of a Storyteller by Jackie Wullschlager  

Episode 1: Vasilisa The Fair

Vasilisa The Fair: A mother’s last blessing, jealous stepsisters and a dominating stepmother. This fairy tale is a story of all this and a lovely young girl trying to survive it all. 

Books of reference for this episode: The Annotated Classic Fairy Tales by Maria Tatar, The Irresistible Fairy Tale by Jack Zipes, Fairy Tales from Before Fairy Tales by Jan M. Ziokowski, Russian Fairy Tales Collected by Alexander Afanas’ev and Russian Fairy Tales A Choice Collection of Muscovite Folk-lore by William Ralston Shedden Ralston