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How to Say Your Holiday Greetings in Other Languages

English: Merry Christmas
German: Fröhliche Weihnachten
French: Joyeux Noel
Spanish: Feliz Navidad
Portugiesish: Boas Festas
Dutch: Vrolijk Kerstfeest, Vrolyke Kerstmis
Irish: Nollaig Shona Dhuit
Welsh: Nadolig Llawen
Scotch Gaellic: Nollaig chridheil huibh
Swedish: God Jul
Norwegian: Gledelig Jul
Finnish: Hyvää Joulua
Danish: Glaedelig Jul
Italian: Buon Natale
Greek: Kala Christougenna
Hungarian: Kellermes Karacsonyiunnepeket
Polish: Wesolych Swiat
Chech: Prejeme Vam Vesele
Slovakian: Sretan Bozic
Yugoslavian: Cestitamo Bozic
Romanian: Sarbatori vesele
Russian: Pozdrevlyayu s prazdnikom Rozhdestva is Novim Godom
Ukranian: Srozhdestvom Kristovym

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Christmas Traditions in Germany

Read here about how Christmas is celebrated in Germany.

Christmas in Germany - Here you will also find more images of Christmas markets and how Christmas is celebrated in Germany.

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Christmas in London, England

London never gets tiring and especially around the holidays, the whole city is so festively decorated and lively and bustling with tourists from all over who want to capture the experience. Just seeing the street decorations and lighting on Regent Street, Carnaby Street, Bond Street and Oxford Street are are already reason enough to at least spend a weekend in the city. Especially at night, the wow factor is definitely there. The major stores windows on the high street and the side streets are all  joyfully decorated in sometimes modern and other times more traditional colors of the season. In traditional stores like Hamleys Toy Store or Liberty you are sure to find something special for everyone you want to get a special gift for.

London Christmas
Christmas in London
These images show evening images of Christmas street lighting and other festive highlights of the lovely city of London.

 

 

 

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Christmas Traditions in Denmark

On the 24th of December, the Danish celebrate Lillejulaften which is a small fest with acquantences, friends and neighbors. All join to decorate the tree with typical Danish ornaments out of straw or wood. The Danish decorate traditionally in a natural look and the colors of red and white dominate their Christmas decorations. Next to the tree the Jul-Bock (translated: straw goat) protects the family from evil spirits.

The Danish also have some lovely Christmas markets. Click the links below to discover how they look.

As in Germany, the Danish also have their own version of the wine punch called Glögg to keep them warm in the cold winter season. Glögg seems a bit sweeter than the Glühwein and is very tasty!

Julefrokost is a popular pre-Christmas tradition in Denmark. Friends meet to enjoy a buffet of cold cuts and alcohol. On Christmas Day and the day after, the Julefrokost also gets celebrated around noon with a much more variety of food such as fish, meatballs, salads and cheese.

The kids anxiously await the arrival of Julemand, the Danish version of Father Christmas.

Christmas in Denmark
Denmark is a very charming place to be at Christmas time.

Christmas in Aabenraa

Aabenraa, Denmark is decorated really lovely during the Christmas season. Christmas in Aabenraa

Christmas in Tonder

Probably the most popular Danish town at Christmas is Tønder. Christmas in Tønder

Both towns are close to each other so it is possible to see each of them in the same day. We visited Tønder during the first half of the day and then Aabenraa later that afternoon.

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Christmas Traditions in Sweden

Christmas season in Sweden begins around the first Advent when homes, streets and shops get traditionally decorated in the colors and symbols of the holiday.

The 13th of December, St. Lucia Day, also known as the day of lights, is a very important holiday in Sweden. Tradition has it that St. Lucia protected Sweden from hunger and suffering. Since then, it is a day of celebration and parades in Sweden. Typical for this holiday is that the girls wear white robes and a crown of candles on their heads and the boys are also dressed in white. Normally the oldest daughter of the house takes this role.

As in other European countries, the freshly cut Christmas tree first gets put up and decorated on the 23rd of December. Christmas Eve is the most important day and is a day for the family to be together. When the evening approaches and it is dark outside, all enjoy a delicious buffet of  fish, ham, potatoes and other goodies together . Later, the children anxiously await the arrival of  Christmas Tomte (Swedish Father Christmas)  with his helpers who bring them their gifts.

The 13th of January is the final day of the Christmas season. It is called St. Knut Day and is the day when the Christmas trees get taken down.

Christmas in Stockholm
Find more information Christmas in Stockholm tells you about the Christmas celebration in the capitol city of Sweden.

 

 

 

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Christmas Traditions in France

On the website Joyeux-Noel.com you will find information all about how Christmas is celebrated in France and about French Christmas traditions and crafts.

This website culture.gouv.fr which has an English language version, explains about French Christmas tradtions in France and Canada.

If you are looking for French crafts and baking recipes, you can find many ideas on the website vivenoel.com.

 

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