We’re off to Poland today! There are several Polish Christmas customs that today’s host, Steve Webb, especially likes.
We’re visiting the Mediterranean island of Malta today; where we’ll learn another language and find out about the Maltese custom of having cribs.
Our quest to learn new languages in which to say “Merry Christmas” takes us to the Czech Republic, where not only do we learn this, but we learn some of the Czech customs, including an unusual entree that is included in the traditional Christmas meal.
Being a Sunday, James and Steve talk about another part of the Biblical account of the birth of Jesus, the Messiah. Today, we learn about the shepherds’ role in the story of the first Christmas.
Happy St Lucia’s Day! We’ll be going to Scandinavia to learn three languages in one and also hear about St. Lucia, a very important person in Sweden. Today’s language is spoken to us by Jan Martensen, thanks Jan, the husband of singer Leah Martensen.!
Japan is our next stop, and you just might be surprised at how easy it is to say Merry Christmas in Japanese, not to mention which American fast food restaurant is very popular on Christmas day!
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!