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Happy, Merry, Joyous Whatever!


Ho Ho Ho!

С Рождеством Христовым
Sung Tan Chuk Ha
Koli Sana Wa Anta Tayib
Vrolijk Kerstfeest
Nadolig Llawen
Fröhliche Weihnachten
Joyeux Noël
Buon Natale
Feliz Navidad
God Jul
Rauhallista Joulua
Happy Christmas

It is early Christmas morning in Europe, and the excitement is building among the “rug rats” that will burst forth at any moment to waken their poor parents who have probably had about two hours of sleep after dealing with “some assembly required” and/or “batteries not included”. You saw them on the Gävlebocken web cam, out and about until about 3AM.

To avoid any bad feelings among family members: it is an official requirement contained in the “Manual for Uncles” that some form or type of device that makes loud and obnoxious noises must be included in all Christmas parcels.

The “Goat” has made it to the celebration, so have a happy one [whether you feel like it or not].


1 Kryten42 { 12.24.10 at 11:07 pm }

So far… so good!! 😀 😉

You can add: “koli sana wa anta tayib” to the list! 😉 (Egyptian).

I’ve been asked often over the years (generally by non-Aussies) what the Australian greeting is, and for some reason, they don’t believe me when I say “Merry Christmas” (or “Happy Christmas”). If one is a fair-dinkum, true-blue Aussie bloke, they might say “Merry Christmas Mate”. 😉 😆 Though, a real Ocker type blokey bloke might say something like: “Yer whadevah! Git oway ya mug!” 😀 ahem! 😉

Whatever… Have a great one all! 😀

2 cookiejill { 12.24.10 at 11:20 pm }

Hyvää Joulua! 🙂

3 Bryan { 12.25.10 at 12:04 am }

Why on earth would anyone expect that Australians would be all that different from anyone else in an English speaking country [for an expansive view of English, to be sure]? While you certainly have your own terms, there are words we use in South Fundistan that no one from outside the area is likely to know, and that doesn’t include the way we pronounce the words they do know. Log, bog, and fog don’t all rhyme in upstate New York, and there are a lot of other regional differences in various parts of the country.

Additions are always welcome, Kryten. Have a Merry Christmas while there is still some time.

Kiitos, Jill.

4 Steve Bates { 12.25.10 at 9:58 am }

Cheers for the goat! This is the first time I’ve visited the web site and seen actual activity… traffic and pedestrians… in the background.

5 hipparchia { 12.25.10 at 11:12 am }

Koli Sana Wa Anta Tayib to you too!

[google informs me that this is egyptian, and since i have been rerreading my amelia peabody books recently, i like this one]

6 Bryan { 12.25.10 at 12:32 pm }

Steve, if you had waited you would have noted that the stop light pole just to the left of the Goat is very popular with the local canine population. That’s where they “post” their greetings. It might be a small town, but they have one huge snowplow that I saw last night.

Rain is not much of a substitute for snow, Hipparchia, but it looks like it will clear out of your area shortly so the Black Dog can haul you out into the cold and damp. Fröhliche Weihnachten, to you, the Black Dog, and the feline tribe.

7 Badtux { 12.25.10 at 12:56 pm }

My Christmas trip got delayed by a broken motor mount (now temporarily redneck-fixed), but that’s okay, I get to indulge in the new holiday tradition for my Christmas dinner: frozen pizza! Hey, beats dry overcooked bird any time of the year…

– Badtux the Cocooned Penguin

8 Mustang Bobby { 12.25.10 at 2:24 pm }

Glad to see you got “Nadolig Llawen” in there; I’ve always wanted to see a Welsh Christmas, especially after reading the Thomas short story. (I could do without the fire, though.)

Best wishes to you, Bryan, and all of your family of the human and feline ilk. And the same to all the rest of the WhyNotters.

9 Bryan { 12.25.10 at 3:12 pm }

Badtux, I remember doing a similar job along side the road in Baja Sur after a bad driving decision by a family member removed the engine from a VW Bus. A few tools, some drum heads, and a bit of technical assistance on satellite antenna orientation as well as some used motor mounts from a junk yard in SoCal got the job done in a day by some local mechanics / band members. They were prepared to get a blacksmith to weld the broken parts, but motor mounts are cheap compared to the labor to put them in. Those guys knew how to use levers when mechanical lifts weren’t available.

Thanks, MB, I do try to be inclusive, and Moi is a Thomas, so she’s covered too.