Sunday 25 December 2011

Christmas around the world.

Sorry to say I don't have much inspiration today, but I do want to wish you all a happy Christmas. So I will start by doing that in several different languages. On this website you can even hear how some are pronounced. As a third culture kid I grew up multilingual and I still enjoy hearing different languages being spoken around me.
  • Prettige kerstdagen en een gelukkig nieuw jaar (that's in Dutch)
  • Merry Christmas and a happy new year
  • Noflike Krystdagen en folle lok en seine (Frisian, the language spoken in the North of the Netherlands. It's the language my grandparents spoke). It's my "father tongue".
  • Joyeaux Noël et bonne année (French, the language I learned at school)
  • Feliz Natal! Feliz Ano Novo! (Portuguese, the language my parents learned when they had passed the age of 50 years and were preparing to work in Angola).
  • Hyvää joulua ja onnellista uutta vuotta (Finnish, just because the words look nice).
  • Glædelig jul og godt nytår (Danish, it sounds nice) .
 Here is some interesting information about Christmas around the world: 
  1. Did you know that the expats in Africa are most likely to make a call home at Christmas?
  2. Want to read more about what Christmas looks like for third culture kids? Read Libby Stephens' post called: Christmas TCK style.
  3. Did you know that: Christmas Day is just an ordinary day for most Chinese people. Sarah Crack is a teacher in Tianjin, China tells about it on the Telegraph website.
  4. Want to know how Christmas is celebrated here in the Netherlands? Read about it on The Expatica website. 
  5. For Dutch kids Sinterklaas is associated with getting presents. Read all about Sinterklaas on a previous blog post of mine.  
  6. Do you want to see a fresh telling of the first Christmas (done by children)? Go over to the Third Culture Kids & company website. Enjoy.
Well as a third culture kid we celebrated Christmas many times in Malawi and Zimbabwe. My memories of those times are a mixture of English carol singing, church, pot luck meals (yummy! trifles and more), new made friends, swimming, eating, making music and of course a Christmas tree. Even though there was never snow!
  • What are your Christmas memories? If you can say happy Christmas in an additional language please add it in the comments. Thanks.

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