Wednesday, December 21, 2011

An International Merry Olde Christmas with quotes and pix

Vesele Vianoce a stastny Novy Rok

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year in Slovakian

plate of traditional Slovak cookies

Well, it has been a bit of a rough week. Hence, no postings.
I hope you have all been busy decorating for a celebration
visiting friends and family
reaching out to neighbors
enjoying some special food and treats
and smiling a lot!

Santa Claus Academy trainees, 2011 Tokyo, Japan
photo credit Yoshikazu Tsuno

I find it so sad around holidays when people's tempers are short,
the driving is more aggressive
the kids whine more
the parents holler more
with lots of pushing and bustling and
doing everything OPPOSITE of what the season is all about!

vintage Christmas card

"It is not the magnitude of our actions
but the amount of love
that is put into them that matters."
- Mother Teresa

I'd like to share with you some photos of celebrations around the world.
Some celebrate Grandfather Frost,
some Father Christmas;
some celebrate Santa Claus,
some Kris Kringle.
Some will focus on Mary, the mother of Jesus,
and some will focus on the Christ child;
some will decorate with nativities and wise men,
and some will decorate with angels and harps.
There is glizty bling, and simple carved wood.
Candles, icicles, oranges, stockings and green trees -
no matter what your tradition or style,

Merry Christmas!

Christmas Eve mass
Surabaya, Indonesia

"Sharing and giving are the ways
of God."

- Sauk Indian proverb

Rodrigo de Freitas Lake, 2011  Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
photo by Andre Durao

siblings checking out the new lawn decor
Brea, California, USA
photo courtesy of Mindy Schauer
"The Angel Blesses
Christmas Day
while little children

- vintage verse

Santa Claus in Jammu, India

French soldier, United Nations Interim Force in Deir Zifa, Lebanon

"Christmas waves a magic wand
over this world,
and behold,
everything is softer
and more beautiful."

- Norman Vincent Peale

Decorating at a shopping mall in Beijing, China
photo credit Andy Wong  2011

Harrods 26th parade with Father Christmas London, England 2011
photo credit Steve Finn

2010 Annual Half-naked Santa Run, Budapest, Hungary
photo credit Bernadett Szabo

"Like snowflakes,
my Christmas memories gather and dance -
each beautiful, unique
and too soon gone."

- Deborah Whipp, web designer

tree lighting in Tyn church, Old Town Square, Prague, Czechoslovakia
photo credit Michal Cizek  2011

Time for me to go do some things.
If you have a family tradition that you would like to share,
just leave a comment.
My comment section is easy to use, and you don't have to sign up for anything!

Upcoming -
how do the animals celebrate Christmas?


Friday, December 16, 2011

A Closet Chatty Cathy...and Holiday Greetings from around the globe

Frohliche Weihnachten
ein gluckliches Neues Jahr!

(put those double .. above the 'u' in gluckliches)

(Merry Christmas and Happy New Year in German.)

traditional Christmas market in Frankfurt, Germany

photo courtesy of Frank Rumpenhorst

from a wonderful photo series put together by Lane Turner

the town of Basel in the Black Forest, Switzerland

In Switzerland there are 4 languages officially spoken.
The first three are becoming the more popular 'official' languages,
although there is still a small population that speaks Romansh.

Just thought that was interesting!

Joyeux Noel!

[again, put those double .. above the 'e' in Noel]

(Merry Christmas in French)

Santa feeding Humboldt penguins in Antibes, France

photo by Eric Gaillard

Buon Natale!

(Merry Christmas in Italian)

the start of the Italian Chievo at San Siro stadium,
Milan, Italy

photo by Alessandro Garofalo, 2011

Sumaj kausay kachun Navidad ch'sisipi
Mosoi Watapi sumaj kausaykachun!

Merry Christmas [and I suspect Happy New Year also] in Quechuan

Christmas display in Peru

Oh I am having so much fun learning about different Christmas traditions
from around the world!
This is where the Chatty Cathy title comes from.
I LOVE to share the fun things I learn,
and so I tend to write books.
I went back looking thru my blogs from August to present.
I talk a lot.
I do hope you're having fun with me!

So, about Peru:
Peruvian population is estimated at around 29.5 million,
 and it is very multi-ethnic;

they've got:

Amerindians (indiginous, or native peoples)
Europeans (gradual immigration from 1820's) 
Africans (arrived with the Spanish around 1620)
and Asians (Chinese arrived to replace slave workers in 1850's).

The main spoken language is Spanish
(thanks to those conquistadors that did their very best to wipe out
anything different than Spain at the time. But hey,
so did all the other 'explorers'....)
Spanish is the first language of 84% of Peruvians over age 5.

The Spanish language co-exists with several native languages,
the most common being Quechua at 13.2%.

Being as over 81% of the people describe themselves as Catholic,
the Christmas season includes mostly religious
and deeply traditional Catholic celebrations.

A nativity scene on Christmas Day in Iquitos, Peru

Well, I've covered Switzerland with its' three major languages of
German, French and Italian.
Then we have traveled across an ocean and a continent to arrive in Peru,
where they speak 2 languages and multiple indiginous languages.
Threw in some Peruvian facts,
and here we are!

So, if I am being sensible,

and NOT writing a book,

I should stop now!

Oh, okay, here is a lovely and simple scherensnitte pattern:

If you are careful and save your cut outs, you can have 2 lovely cuttings to frame.

See ya' soon, as I have way-more Merry Christmas-es to share!

tee hee


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Yeah, YOU!
Leave me a little ol' comment already, will ya'?

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Merry Christmas around the world

Joyeux Noel et Bonne Anne'e!

(Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year in French)

Polar Bear Flocke celebrates his 4th Birthday
at the Marineland Aquatic Park
Antibes, France

photo by Eric Gaillard

So many wonderful traditions from so many different people groups.
Let's see a few celebrations of Christmas and the holiday time,
around the world.

1500 school children dressed as Santa Claus
Chennai, India

photo by Babu

Nave sal di mubaraka

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year in Punjabi,
spoken in  India and Pakistan

Christmas decorations in the
Piazza Venezia, Rome, Italy

photo by Filippo Monteforte

Buon Natale e Felice Anno Nuovo

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year in Italian.

North Bondi lifeguards on Bondi Beach
Sydney, Australia

photo courtesy of

Merry Christmas, mate!
'ave a good one, mate!

Merry Christmas in Australian.

(We in the USA always knew they couldn't speak proper English!)

Santacon, 2011
Trafalgar Square, London, Britain

courtesy Luke MacGregor

Happy Christmas!

Merry Christmas said in Proper English by the British!

(Yeah, okay, the British always knew we couldn't say
Merry Christmas in proper English either!)

Malaysia Aquaria, 2011
Kuala Lampur, Malaysia

courtesy of Bazuki Muhammad

Selamat Hari Natal

Merry Christmas in Malay, the official language of Malaysia,
although they have 139 languages spoken there!

Snow in Saint Petersburg, Russia

photo by Alexander Demianchuk

Pozdravlyau s prazdnikom Rozhdestvai
c Novym Godom

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year in Russian.

a Palestinian nun during Christmas Morning Mass at
the Latin Church of Visitation,
West Bank, Israel

photo by Al-Zababdeh

This photo was a bit tricky to credit a language to, as the West Bank is still in the hands of the Fatah (a Palestinian group) but Israel is the occupying force.
I think.
It gets confusing!
Since I have already had an Arabic Merry Christmas,
how about one in Hebrew?

Mo'adim Lesimkha
Shana Tova

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year in Hebrew.

the main language of Israel,
although Arabic is a secondary official language.

That's a lot of Merry Christmas's!
- and plenty of Happy New Year's thrown in!
I would like to finish with a sweet Christmas Celebration coloring page.
Perhaps this is the best way to show a tradition that we have nothing to do with.
All of creation (including animals and birds) say
Merry Christmas
to their Creator -



Sunday, December 11, 2011

Christmas paper dolls

Hello to all.
Catching a cold. Feel really punky.
short blog today!
'Party Decorations' original Collage Art doll made from all junk mail

Here is a nice set of Christmas morning paper dolls:

I have some more pages of clothes I can post later.

Here are some Christmas tags for you,
from Joan Walsh Anglund:

and I'll finish with a very pretty paper doll from Russia -

Wouldn't it be fun to swirl around the dance floor in that ball gown?


I will try my best to check in tomorrow -
I have Christmas recipes to share
and some cute, fast to make ornaments,
and more paperdolls
and more vintage art
and more....
oh, I'll just see you tomorrow!


Thanks so much to my reader Iana for correcting my paper doll title!

I thought she was from Turkey, but she let me know it was from Russia.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Santa Claus around the World

Sung Tan Chuk Ha

(Merry Christmas in Korean)

decorating the Cheonggyecheon stream,
Seoul, South Korea

I have had a little fun this morning checking out pictures of Christmas
and Santa Claus from around the world.
I found a very nice picture stream at

Here is another fun picture from Seoul, South Korea
with 2 divers in the Coex Aquarium having a bit of Santa Fun -

yep, those are Santa scuba diver outfits!

Here is a die-hard water ski fanatic,

Maryland National Harbor, Maryland, USA

Evidently some people cannot celebrate Christmas
without getting extremely cold and/or wet!

(I do not count myself in their group! Give me a nice warm fire....)

These popsicles are in the frozen Oranke Lake, Berlin, Germany.
They belong to an ice swim club "Seehunde Berlin".

and yes....that looks like a Mrs. Claus bikini to me!

Another waterlogged Santa:

feeding a sea turtle in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Although it IS nice to remember God's creatures on the special event
of God's gift to us - Jesus Christ.

"Woodland Santa"
A wonderful painting by one of my absolute faves -
Scott Gustafson.

You can find his incredible paintings at

Why not try your hand at drawing Santa Claus?

Thanks to Dover Publications for sharing!

I'm sure you all know that 'Santa Claus' is called many different names
throughout the world.

In many Eastern European countries,
he is called "Grandfather Frost"
and is accompanied by the "Snow Maiden".

Grandfather Frost (Ded Moroz) and the Snow Maiden (Snegurochka)
Minsk, Belarus

a Russian Saint Nicholas

Here is a traditional (to the USA) Santa Claus,
enjoying some extreme skiing -

Tim Lawler dressed as Santa Claus
Crested Butte, Colorado, USA

That's close to my stomping grounds!

a Palestinian boy lights a candle at Christmas Eve mass,
Gaza City, Palestinian territories

It is good to be children sometimes, and never better than at Christmas,
When it’s mighty Founder was a child Himself.”

--Charles Dickens

Jirasartwitthay elementary school -
Ayutthaya, Thailand

I have enjoyed this bit of international Santa Claus
and I have much more to share, later!

Have a great day,
and buy a small present for someone you don't usually give a gift to!


A mahout with his elephant at

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Some Holiday Paperdoll Joy

Chuc Mung Giang Sinh
Chuc Mung Tan Nien

(Merry Christmas and Happy New Year in Vietnamese)

Today is cold, with the snow leftover from a few days ago.
Not much melting when it only gets to 21'F!
Tanner has been keeping warm curled up on the couch,
with his nose tucked in under his paws.
He has a big nose.
Good thing he has big paws!

Here are some wonderful Joan Walsh Anglund activity pages with paperdolls -

I had a friend in High School who drew little characters very similar to JWAnglund.
Whenever I see JWAnglund's, I think of her.
Nice memory.

Next is a wonderfully drawn Russian Santa Claus -

To finish today, here is a colored Santa from one of Dover's
many books for coloring, stained glass look, velvet look,
and more!

and one from Poland for you to color!

Have a fun day.
Don't forget to smile at someone who you normally wouldn't,
like the mailman, or the sweeper, or the newstand guy....