Monthly Archives: December 2014

No matter what language, it’s still Merry Christmas!

I hunted across the length and breadth of the internet.  From all around the world, I present to you my (not quite yet) complete list of Christmas Greetings.  Spread the joy with friends and family everywhere.  Even if you don’t use one of the translations below, remember that Christ is the reason for the season.  Share His spirit and be a blessing to everyone in your life.

Feel free to send along additions or corrections.  I know my brother will come up with some that I missed.

  • Afrikaans Gesëende Kersfees
  • Afrikander Een Plesierige Kerfees
  • African/ Eritrean/ Tigrinja Rehus-Beal-Ledeats
  • Albanian Gezur Krislinjden
  • Arabic: Milad Majid or Idah Saidan Wa Sanah Jadidah
  • Argentine: Feliz Navidad
  • Armenian: Shenoraavor Nor Dari yev Pari Gaghand
  • Azeri: Tezze Iliniz Yahsi Olsun
  • Bahasa Malaysia: Selamat Hari Natal
  • Basque: Zorionak eta Urte Berri On!
  • Bengali: Shuvo Naba Barsha
  • Binary Code (for the computer geek in your life): 01001101011001010111001001110010011110010010000001 00001101101000011100100110100101110011011101000110 11010110000101110011
  • Bohemian: Vesele Vanoce
  • Bosnian: (BOSANSKI) Cestit Bozic i Sretna Nova godina
  • Brazilian: Boas Feliz Natal or Festas e Feliz Ano Novo
  • Breton: Nedeleg laouen na bloavezh mat
  • Bulgarian: Tchestita Koleda; Tchestito Rojdestvo Hristovo
  • Catalan: Bon Nadal i un Bon Any Nou!
  • Chile: Feliz Navidad
  • Chinese: (Cantonese) Gun Tso Sun Tan’Gung Haw Sun
  • Chinese: (Mandarin) Kung His Hsin Nien bing Chu Shen Tan
  • Choctaw: Yukpa, Nitak Hollo Chito
  • Columbia: Feliz Navidad y Próspero Año Nuevo
  • Cornish: Nadelik looan na looan blethen noweth
  • Corsian: Pace e salute
  • Crazanian: Rot Yikji Dol La Roo
  • Cree: Mitho Makosi Kesikansi
  • Croatian: Sretan Bozic
  • Czech: Prejeme Vam Vesele Vanoce a stastny Novy Rok
  • Danish: Glædelig Jul
  • Duri: Christmas-e- Shoma Mobarak
  • Dutch: Vrolijk Kerstfeest en een Gelukkig Nieuwjaar! or Zalig Kerstfeast
  • Elvish: Ná merye i turuhalmeri!
  • English: Merry Christmas
  • Eskimo: (inupik) Jutdlime pivdluarit ukiortame pivdluaritlo!
  • Esperanto: Gajan Kristnaskon
  • Estonian: Ruumsaid juulup
  • Ethiopian: (Amharic) Melkin Yelidet Beaal
  • Faeroese: Gledhilig jol og eydnurikt nyggjar!
  • Farsi: Cristmas-e-shoma mobarak bashad
  • Finnish: Hyvaa joulua
  • Flemish: Zalig Kerstfeest en Gelukkig nieuw jaar
  • French: Joyeux Noel
  • Frisian: Noflike Krystdagen en in protte Lok en Seine yn it Nije Jier!
  • Galician: Bo Nada
  • Gaelic: Nollaig chridheil agus Bliadhna mhath ùr!
  • German: Froehliche Weihnachten
  • Greek: Kala Christouyenna!
  • Haiti: (Creole) Jwaye Nowel or to Jesus Edo Bri’cho o Rish D’Shato Brichto
  • Hausa: Barka da Kirsimatikuma Barka da Sabuwar Shekara!
  • Hawaiian: Mele Kalikimaka
  • Hebrew: Mo’adim Lesimkha. Chena tova
  • Hausa: Barka da Kirsimatikuma Barka da Sabuwar Shekara!
  • Hawaian: Mele Kalikimaka ame Hauoli Makahiki Hou!
  • Hindi: Shub Naya Baras (actually Good New Year, closest I could get)
  • Hungarian: Kellemes Karacsonyi unnepeket
  • Icelandic: Gledileg Jol
  • Indonesian: Selamat Hari Natal
  • Iraqi: Idah Saidan Wa Sanah Jadidah
  • Irish: Nollaig Shona Dhuit or Nodlaig mhaith chugnat
  • Iroquois: Ojenyunyat Sungwiyadeson honungradon nagwutut. Ojenyunyat osrasay.
  • Italian: Buone Feste Natalizie
  • Japanese: Shinnen omedeto. Kurisumasu Omedeto
  • Jiberish: Mithag Crithagsigathmithags
  • Klingon (Star Trek): QISmaS DatIvjaj ‘ej DIS chu’ DatIvjaj
  • Korean: Sung Tan Chuk Ha
  • Latin: Natale hilare et Annum Faustum!
  • Latvian: Prieci’gus Ziemsve’tkus un Laimi’gu Jauno Gadu!
  • Lausitzian: Wjesole hody a strowe nowe leto
  • Lettish: Priecigus Ziemassvetkus
  • Lithuanian: Linksmu Kaledu
  • Low Saxon: Heughliche Winachten un ‘n moi Nijaar
  • Luxembourgish: Schèine Chreschtdaag an e gudde Rutsch
  • Macedonian: Sreken Bozhik
  • Maltese: IL-Milied It-tajjeb
  • Manx: Nollick ghennal as blein vie noa
  • Maori: Meri Kirihimete
  • Marathi: Shub Naya Varsh
  • Morse Code: — . .-. .-. -.– / -.-. …. .-. .. … – — .- …
  • Navajo: Merry Keshmish
  • Norwegian: God Jul or Gledelig Jul
  • Occitan: Pulit nadal e bona annado
  • Papiamento: Bon Pasco
  • Papua New Guinea: Bikpela hamamas blong dispela Krismas na Nupela yia i go long yu
  • Pennsylvania German: En frehlicher Grischtdaag un en hallich Nei Yaahr!
  • Peru: Feliz Navidad y un Venturoso Año Nuevo
  • Philipines: Maligayan Pasko!
  • Polish: Wesolych Swiat Bozego Narodzenia or Boze Narodzenie
  • Portuguese: Feliz Natal
  • Pushto: Christmas Aao Ne-way Kaal Mo Mobarak Sha
  • Rapa-Nui (Easter Island): Mata-Ki-Te-Rangi. Te-Pito-O-Te-Henua
  • Rhetian: Bellas festas da nadal e bun onn
  • Romanche (sursilvan dialect): Legreivlas fiastas da Nadal e bien niev onn!
  • Rumanian: Sarbatori vesele
  • Russian: Pozdrevlyayu s prazdnikom Rozhdestva is Novim Godom
  • Sami: Buorrit Juovllat
  • Samoan: La Maunia Le Kilisimasi Ma Le Tausaga Fou
  • Sardinian: Bonu nadale e prosperu annu nou
  • Scots Gaelic: Nollaig chridheil huibh
  • Serb-Croatian: Sretam Bozic. Vesela Nova Godina
  • Serbian: Hristos se rodi.
  • Singhalese: Subha nath thalak Vewa. Subha Aluth Awrudhak Vewa
  • Slovak: Vesele Vianoce. A stastlivy Novy Rok
  • Slovakian: Sretan Bozic or Vesele vianoce
  • Slovene: Vesele Bozicne. Screcno Novo Leto
  • Spanish: Feliz Navidad
  • Swedish: God Jul and (Och) Ett Gott Nytt År
  • Tagalog: Maligayamg Pasko. Masaganang Bagong Taon
  • Tamil: (Tamizh) Nathar Puthu Varuda Valthukkal (actually Good New Year, closest I could get)
  • Thai: Sawadee Pee Mai
  • Trukeese: (Micronesian) Neekiriisimas annim oo iyer seefe feyiyeech!
  • Turkish: Noeliniz Ve Yeni Yiliniz Kutlu Olsun
  • Ukrainian: Srozhdestvom Kristovym
  • Urdu: Naya Saal Mubarak Ho (actually Good New Year, closest I could get)
  • Vietnamese: Chung Mung Giang Sinh
  • Welsh: Nadolig Llawen
  • Yugoslavian: Cestitamo Bozic
  • Yoruba: E ku odun, e ku iye’dun!

(Hat tip goes out to my old college roommate Drew for inspiring this post.)

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Lost and Found – December 24th Edition

What to remember about December 24th…

  • 1814  War of 1812 ends when representatives of Britain and America sign treaty in Belgium; hostilities continue for months due to slow travelling news
  • 1851  Fire spreads quickly through Library of Congress; two-thirds of Thomas Jefferson’s personal literary collection is lost
  • 1865  Confederate war veterans found Ku Klux Klan in Pulaski, Tennessee; Republican militias form soon after to combat KKK violence against blacks
  • 1923  President Coolidge presses a button and lights 1st national Christmas tree
  • 1943  General Dwight D. Eisenhower is appointed Supreme Allied Commander
  • 1979  Soviet Union invades Afghanistan with almost 10,000 troops to “protect” Soviet-Afghan Friendship Treaty of 1978
  • 1997  International terrorist Ilich Ramirez Sanchez (aka The Jackal) is sentenced by French court to life in prison

1923 cooligde 1st christmas tree

Lost and Found – December 23rd Edition

What to remember about December 23rd…

  • 1832  Anonymous poem “A Visit from St. Nicholas” is 1st published; popularly known as “The night before Christmas
  • 1888  In a fit of despair, Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh cuts off part of his own ear; later he paints self-portrait with bandages in place
  • 1919  USS Relief (AH-1) is launched; 1st purpose-built hospital ship
  • 1948  Japanese premier Hideki Tojo and 7 other leaders hanged in Tokyo following war crimes trials
  • 1986  Burt Rutan and Jenna Yeager complete 1st non-stop flight around the world on one tank of gas aboard  Voyager
  • 1991  Body of Lt. Col. William R. Higgins, USMC is found along a highway in Lebanon after being kidnapped, tortured, and murdered by Iranian-backed Hezbollah terrorists
  • 2009  Medal of Honor recipient Col. Robert L. Howard dies  in Waco, Texas (b. 1939); maybe most decorated soldiers in American history

Lost and Found – December 22nd Edition

What to remember about December 22nd…

  • 1775  Continental Congress organizes the navy by naming 4 captains and a commander-in-chief of the fleet Admiral Esek Hopkins
  • 1808  World premier of Ludwig van Beethoven’s 5th Symphony in a freezing cold Viennese auditorium; he plays piano part himself

THIS, is probably not what he envisioned.  Still good though 🙂

  • 1864  General Sherman wires Lincoln of his success saying “I beg to present you, as a Christmas gift, the city of Savannah”
  • 1944  German troops demand American surrender at Battle of the Bulge; General McAuliff famously replies “Nuts”
  • 1964  Super-secret Air Force SR-71 Blackbird takes first flight
  • 1968  Children of 2 U.S. Presidents marry in New York City; Julie Nixon and David Eisenhower wed
  • 1978  Serial murderer and s-lf-proclaimed “killer clown” John Wayne Gacy confesses in Chicago to murders of over 25 young men
  • 1984  Bernhard “Bernie” Goetz shoots 4 black men on New York subway; claiming self-defense he is cleared of most charges
  • 1989  West German Chancellor walks through “closed” Brandenburg Gate signaling the permanent opening of Berlin Wall
  • 2001  Richard Reid attempts to detonate “shoe bomb” aboard flight from Paris to Miami; subdued by fellow passengers he will later be given multiple life sentences
  • 2006  District attorney finally drops rape charges against falsely accused Duke University lacrosse players; ethics charges pending
  • 2010  President Obama signs bill repealing Clinton-era  “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” prohibition on disclosing sexual orientation in the military

(And happy birthday to Ms. Rory.  Have a terrific 6th Lady Bug!)

Lost and Found – December 21st Edition

What to remember about December 21st…

Winter Solstice and shortest day of the year.

  • 1620  Mayflower’s 1st landing parties of Pilgrims go ashore at Plymouth to begin construction of permanent settlement
  • 1761  Patriot soldier and statesman Robert Barnwell is born in Beaufort, SC; wounded in battle, left for dead, taken prisoner by British, delegate to Continental Congress and US Representative (d. 1814)
  • 1861  President Lincoln signs Senate Bill 82 and establishes Medal of Honor for Navy personnel, Army bill passes the next year
  • 1945  In a freak car accident, General George S. “Blood and Guts” Patton, Jr. dies outside Mannheim, Germany (b. 1885)
  • 1968  NASA successfully launches Apollo 8 on 1st manned mission to leave Earth’s orbit and visit the Moon
  • 1970  Elvis visits President Nixon in the White House to offer his help in administration’s anti-drug campaign; Secret Service forgets to search him allowing Presley to bring gun gift to Oval Office
  • 1978  Police serve search warrant on home of “killer clown” John Wayne Gacy and arrest him for marijuana possession; they will discover over 26 bodies buried under his house
  • 1988  Terrorist bomb detonates aboard Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland killing all 259 aboard and 11 on the ground; pressured by Obama administration, convicted Libyan bomber is released in 2009 on compassionate grounds

Lost and Found – December 20th Edition

What to remember about December 20th…

  • 1783  Virginia cedes western territory reaching as far as Mississippi River
  • 1803  French peacefully surrender New Orleans to America as part of Louisiana Purchase
  • 1946  Classic Christmas film It’s a Wonderful Life is released in New York; Frank Capra movie stars James Stewart and Donna Reed
  • 1957  Elvis Presley receives his draft notice during the Korean War; he served in West Germany in a tank battalion
  • 1963 For the 1st time in 2 years East Germany allows westerners to enter on one-day passes through the Berlin Wall
  • 1989  After the murder of a U.S. Marine by Panamanian police December 16th, American forces invade in Operation Just Cause
  • 2005  US District Court rules against mandating teaching of “intelligent design” in Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District.