We’re to warmer climes today and Madagascar! We’ll find out how to say Happy Christmas in Malagasy with a message from a friend of James and also hear about Christmas in Madagascar.
We’re going north today, to the country of Finland. Host Steve Webb tackles another new way to say “Merry Christmas”, with “Happy New Year” thrown in! How does he do on this one? Also, the Finnish people may surprise you with where they say Santa Claus lives! Tune in to find out.
Today we’re off to Germany for some more Christmas Customs and another language. We’ve got some listener feedback from Joyce, a member of James’s Church, who knows how to say Merry Christmas in German. And we’ll also hear about the story behind Silent Night.
Thanks to Alex Fenson, who called in the Hungarian Christmas greeting! He has a show called “The New Forest Podcast.” Check it out here!
As a special bonus, we hear Miss Karmyn Tyler’s special recording of “Silent Night”, which she recorded in 2006 for the first year of the Lifespring Advent Calendar Show.
Be sure to listen to the entire show for a good laugh!
Today, the second Sunday of Advent, we find out about how Mary found out that she would be bearing the Son of God.
We travel to the Netherlands today to learn how to say Merry Christmas in Dutch. We learn about where the name “Santa Claus” comes from, too, plus lots of other customs from Holland.
Today we’re taking a Mediterranean Cruise from Protugal over to Greece! Find out how to say Merry Christmas in one of the oldest languages on the planet and a bit about a Greek Christmas.
Portuguese is the language of the day, and we see the similarities between Portugal’s traditional Christmas celebrations and your host, Steve Webb’s family celebration. Though there is no Portuguese or Brazilian heritage in the family, the way Christmas is celebrated has some striking resemblances!
On today’s show, James Cooper tries to get his tonsils around four different ways of saying Happy Christmas and all from India – Hindi & Urdu, Sanskrit, Bengali and Tamil! And we’ll also find out a bit more about Christmas in India.
On today’s show, we have a listener who tells us how to say “Merry Christmas” in Chinese, so host Steve Webb uses the opportunity to talk about how Christmas is celebrated in China.
Part of the discussion of China was specifically about Hong Kong celebrations, which also include a six week long celebration called Winterfest.
Here’s a video showing part of the light- and laser show associated with Winterfest:
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