As we near the end of a calendar year and reflect on this year’s faith journey, one thing stands out for us: the Catholic Church is truly universal. We met Catholics from other parts of the world, traveled on a four-country pilgrimage (Italy, Vatican, Greece & Turkey), and became good friends with a Kenyan priest assigned at a local parish. In honor of this universality, we present Christmas around the world with a glance at seven Nativities, a most expressive expression of Christmas, and a holiday greeting in that Nativity’s native tongue.
Fröhliche Weihnachten (German) — in honor of our Holy Father’s homeland and Joel’s ancestors
Veselé Vánoce (Czech) — in honor of Lisa’s ancestors and the world’s largest mechanized Nativity scene
Kala Xristougenna (Greek) – in honor of new friendships developed with fellow travelers during our pilgrimage
Feliz Navidad (Spanish) – in honor of the Spanish Jesuit missionaries who first brought Christ to the Americas
Ithiwa na Kisimasi Kiseo (Kenyan) – in honor of the contagiously joyful spirit of Fr. George Komo, associate pastor at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in West Des Moines, Iowa, who reminds us that the United States is also mission territory
Felix dies Nativitatis (Latin) – in honor of the revised English translation of the Roman Missal
Mele Kalikimaka (Hawaiian) – just because it’s fun to say
Best wishes to one and all for a blessed Christmas! Feel free to add your respective Christmas blessing in the comment box below. For more Quick Takes, visit Conversion Diary!
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