As at least some of you know, my husband is a psychiatric nurse, who manages a unit in a large long term care facility. He and the activity worker for his unit were putting their heads together the other day, planning their activities, decorations, etc. for the unit during the Christmas season. As is the case with Winnipeg in general, the unit is home to people from a wide variety of ethnic origins, many of whom still primarily speak their mother tongue. The same applies to the staff on the unit. So, they thought that it would be a nice idea to make some kind of decoration for the door of each resident’s room with a Merry Christmas greeting for each in their own mother tongue. Also, they’ll put up a banner or something at the nursing station with a similar greeting for staff in their various mother tongues.
One of the perks of being wife of the boss is that I get enlisted to help with such things. So, I’ve been hunting around on the Internet this morning, in search of the appropriate way to say Merry Christmas in each of the languages on the list. The problem is that there are variations between sources, so that’s where you good people come in. I know that I have readers from all over the world, so you’ll be able to authenticate at least some of the required greetings for me, if you’d be so kind.
The languages I need are:
Slovakian, Tagalog (Filipino), Ukrainian, Slovenian, Romanian, Portuguese, Italian, Polish, Icelandic, German, Dutch, and a couple of native North American languages, specifically Cree and Ojibway (Ojibwe).
Spanish and French were on the list, too, but those I knew. Oh, and English, too, suprisingly. 🙂
Just leave a comment if you can help. Thanks very much!
Oh, and if you speak a different language from the above, please leave a comment anyway, telling me how you say Merry Christmas or the equivalent in your mother tongue. I like to know these things. 🙂