Listen to the music

Monday, November 30, 2009

In My Country

From Switzerland

to Latvia

From Paris



to the United States

the celebration of The Light and The Hope is beginning to manifest itself through the cultural traditions of our lives.

In the land of my father's birth, Feliz Navidad is always ushered in with a hearty batch of steaming hot, homemade tamales around the family table.

In various regions of Italy, Buon Natale is another good reason to take a nice large slab of panetonne

and lasagna

and to enjoy a reenactment of an important religious tradition such as a live presepe.

As with many European countries, France's numerous regions have distinct traditions that are appealing to the palate such as Les Treize Desserts and the luscious Fougasse

that have been part of the celebration of Joyeux Noël for centuries.

Each one of us brings something special to the table of celebration through our linguistic and cultural experiences. Let us sing the praises of the season with family and friends no matter what your faith

and celebrate the love that surpasses all things.

I leave you with this Youtube clip of one my favorite French Christmas carols. Look at the words provided, listen carefully and try to sing along! You'll be ringing in the holidays à la française in no time! Everybody now, un, deux, trois, begin:

Joyeux Noël tout le monde!

Feliz Navidad - Spanish
God Jul - Swedish
Kala Christougenna - Greek
Prettige Kerstfeest - Dutch
Buon Natale - Italian
Feliz Natal - Portuguese - Portugal
Boas Festas - Portuguese - Brazil
Mele Kalikimaka - Hawaiian
Kuwa na Krismasi njema - Swahili
Frohe Weihnachten - Germany
Priecigus Ziemassvetkus - Latvia