Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Happy December 6, 7, and 8th!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I can't seem to get them up everyday, my fun little Christmas facts from The Christmas Almanack...oh well....

My favorite Christmas hymns:

Angels We Have Heard on High: Musicologists have determined that this anonymous French tune was created around the eighteenth century. It is often sung in England with the carol words "Angels From the Realms of Glory" by James Montgomery. The English translation of the original French is anonymous.

The First Noel: The author and composer are anonymous. It is believed to have been written some time before the eighteenth century. The words were first published in Davies Gilbert's Some Ancient Christmas Carols in 1823. The tune was first published by William Sandys in his Christmas Carols, Ancient and Modern in 1833.

How to say Merry Christmas around the world:

Argentina: Felices Pascuas
Belgium/Flemish: Vrolijke Kerstmis
China: Kung Hsi Hsin Nien or Bing Chu Shen Tan
Croatia: Sretan Bozic
Czech Republic: Vesele Vanoce
Denmark: Glaedelig julEsperanto/Gajan Krsinaskon
Estonia: Roomsaid Joulu Puhi
Finland: Hauskaa Joulua
France: Joyeux Noel
Germany: Fohliche Weinachten
Greece: Kala Christouogena
Hawaii: Mele Kalikimaka
India: Shuvo Naba Barsha
Iraq: Idah Saidan Wa Sanah Jadidah
Ireland/Gaelic: Nodlaig Nait Cugat
Italy: Bono Natale
Japan: Meri Kurisumasu
Norway: Gledelig Jul
Philippines: Maligayan Pasko
Romania: Sarbatori Vesele
South Africa/Afrikaans: Een Plesierige Kerfees
Turkey: Noeliniz Ve Yeni Yiliniz Kutlu Olsun

Holiday Scents

To infuse your home with a spicy holiday aroma, all you need to do is simmer the following ingredients in a pot of water:

3 Cinnamon sticks
1 Orange peel
6 tbsp. star anise
4 tbsp. whole cloves
2 tbsp. crushed nutmeg
6 tbsp. juniper berries
2 tbsp. allspice
20 drops of the following essential oils: orange, clove and/or cinnamon

Allow the mixture to simmer throughout the day; add more water as needed!

All taken from The Christmas Almanack by Gerard and Patricia Del Re

Part of the 2009 Holiday Reading Challenge.


  1. Great post!

    Netherlands: Prettige kerstdagen
    = Merry Christmas.

  2. fun post!

    My favorite song--What Child is This? by the Judds.

  3. What a fun post! Thanks for sharing.

  4. My youngest son and I are watching a DVD with information about the songs of Christmas ~ one each day of December until Christmas. We just covered Angels We Have Heard on High yesterday. :o)

    It's fun to learn more about Christmas. Last year we used a different DVD that had misc trivia on it.

    We also read short Christmas stories ~ like we just read The Gift of the Magi. We usually either choose to do a lot of short ones to read during break (I home school) or a long one and we read short sections each day.

    Anyway, I enjoyed your info. I knew how to say Merry Christmas in German because I visited there a few years, but I love all the greetings listed together like that.

  5. I love the old carols the best. O' Holy Night is my favorite. Then Silent Night when it's sung in German by an man at church on Christmas Eve while the church is lit only by candles.


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