To spread the holiday cheer even further, NORAD and Interpreters Unlimited have partnered up to offer NORAD Tracks Santa in eight languages, making it more accessible to kids from different linguistic backgrounds.
As language enthusiasts, we also think it’s fascinating to look at the etymology of the names for these celebrations — here are the origins of names for some common holiday celebrations throughout the world.
As far as we can tell, the use of the first modern Christmas tree was developed in medieval Livonia, in current day Latvia and Estonia. Tallinn claims to have set the first modern Christmas tree ceremoniously on fire in their town square in 1441, while Riga claims to have done the same thing in 1510. The latter still has a plaque commemorating the occasion.
Yuka Kurihara shared that growing up in Japan, she always looked forward to her family's traditional Christmas meal: a KFC "party barrel" brimming with salad, cake and lots of fried chicken. According to Statista, no less than 58.2% of Japanese eat fried chicken at Christmas.
"Merry Christmas" is a phrase that people all over the world can recognize, even if they do not speak English. People have their own versions in their own languages and dialects. Here are 100 versions for you to peruse, with more here if you're curious.