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    Dec032014

    The Holidays are upon us. Send out those Christmas Cards, don't Facebook, Email or Text them.

    Each year many of my friends say they are going to get that family photo and make a Christmas card to send out to friends and family and well, not many actually come through with it. Instead they Facebook a card, text a message or email a file which all gets forgotten. It's time to start sending cards to are friends and family. Hey even if it's only one it's better than nothing. Have you sent your cards out this week? 

    There are so many places that a card can be made online. Costco, Sam's Club, Walgreens, RiteAid, Duane reade and CVS to name a few. Also you have your local pro labs, just google that keyword and you will find them. It can all be online and you can then go pick up or have them shipped but i would say pick up to send them out now. Hint, hint. 

    Last Dec 2013 "The Economist" posted an article on the Christmas card decline in sales. Here is small part of that article. 

    "STAFF at Regent Group, a small stationery firm in Shipley, West Yorkshire, may not have a very merry Christmas. In mid-October their employer, which produces greeting cards, announced “a significant number” of redundancies following the loss of its largest customer to administration. Half the workers at the site may lose their jobs. One of the reasons: the lack of Christmas cheer.

    "The traditional Christmas is declining," believes Dame Hilary Blume, the director of the Charities Advisory Trust, a trade group that set up Card Aid, a charitable campaign that gives a portion of revenue from card sales to charity. One of the main traditions of Christmas—sending paper cards—appears to be on the wane. That is bad news for the greeting card industry which makes 10% of its sales over the festive season. Analysts IBISWorld forecast an annual 2.5% contraction of the sector in the next five years."

    Send out a card today you will make someone very happy. It's personal and shows you took the time. I would send you all a card but I don't know your address but if you send me your address I will so send to joseph@proimagesphoto.com. 

    Here are 57 ways to Say Merry Christmas. 

     

    • USA and Canada - The “Land of the Free” and the “Land of the Maple Leaf” share their “Merry Christmas” with the rest of the English-speaking nations and communities all over the world.
    • Hawaii - Hawaii may not really be a country, but it has its own distinct Christmasgreeting, which is “Mele Kalikimaka ame Hauoli Makahiki Hou!”
    • Navajo - American Indians welcome the Christmas spirit by saying “Merry Keshmish!”
    • Mexico and the other American Spanish-speaking countries - Since these countries were colonized by Spain for a long time, their primary language is Spanish rather than English. So they greet with a warm “Feliz Navidad” instead of a “Merry Christmas.”
    • Brazil - From the grand carnivals of Brazil, people celebrate Christmas with a “Boas Festas e Feliz Ano Novo.”
    • Argentina - Argentine’s meet the 25th of December by saying “Felices Pasquas Y Felices ano Nuevo.”
    • Chile - Just like the most part of Latin America, they say “Feliz Navidad.”
    • United Kingdom - The English language originated from this country so naturally they say “Merry Christmas!”
    • Wales - The Welsh have their own Christmas greeting - “Nadolig Llawen!”
    • France - The French language makes words sound as smooth as silk. Take the case of their Christmas greeting, “Joyeux Noel!” It’s so exquisite. (How about learning counting in French? see how to count in French)
    • Italy - Italians are known for their luxury, which is typified in their majestic sounding Christmas greeting - “Buone Feste Natalizie!”
    • Spain - Spain, the majestic conqueror of old; their Christmas greeting, “Feliz Navidad,” is almost as popular as the English “Merry Christmas!”
    • Germany - Such firmness and splendor can be heard in the way Germans say “Froehliche Weihnachten und ein glueckliches Neues Jahr!”
    • Pennsylvania (German) - German mixed with local culture brings out this jolly greeting - “En frehlicher Grischtdaag un en hallich Nei Yaahr!”
    • Portugal - A simple greeting is all the Portuguese need to celebrate Christmas. It states “Boas Festas.”
    • Hungary - Hungarians meet Santa with a little “Kellemes kara’csonyi u”nnepeket e’s boldog u’j e’vet” for some pleasantries.
    • Sweden - The Swedes are a race with pride and a fine Christmas greeting, which is “God Jul and (Och) Ett Gott Nytt Ar!”
    • Iceland - “Gle[eth]ileg jol gott og fars!,” is a warm greeting from a cool country.
    • Serbia - “Hristos se rodi” is a good starter for the Christmas cheer.
    • Lithuania - Embrace the Yuletide season the Lithuanian way. “Linksmu Kaledu Macedonian: Sreken Bozhik!”
    • Latvia - Sprinkle some Latvian flavor to Christmas by saying “Prieci’gus Ziemsve’tkus un Laimi’gu Jauno Gadu!”
    • Ireland - The Irish, being a fun loving populace, knows how to celebrate Christmas the right way. They start it with a simple “Nollaig Shona Dhuit, or Nodlaig mhaith chugnat” then end things with a bang and a barrel of laughs.
    • Bulgaria - If you meet a Bulgarian, just say “Tchestita Koleda; Tchestito Rojdestvo Hristovo!” He or she will then make you feel the warmth of Christmas.
    • Norway - There is no excuse for anyone to not greet Norwegians during Christmas. They actually have two versions of the greeting - “God Jul” and “Gledelig Jul.”
    • Greece - A land of beauty and culture normally has an elegant Christmas greeting. Such is the case with Greece and its version of “Merry Christmas,” which is “Kala Christouyenna!”
    • Slovakia - In Slovakia, a Christmas celebration is not complete without saying “Vesele Vianoce. A stastlivy Novy Rok!”
    • Poland - Endear the Polish by greeting them “Wesolych Swiat Bozego Narodzenia or Boze Narodzenie!”
    • Malta - Let your tongue play a little when you say “LL Milied Lt-tajjeb!” with glee.
    • Finland - “Goal!” is prevalent in Finnish ice hockey as “Hauskaa joulua ja onnellista uutta vuotta!” is a staple for Finnish Christmas celebrations.
    • Yugoslavia - Join the Christmas merriment in Yugoslavia. Tell the people “Cestitamo Bozic!” and they will greet you “Merry Christmas!”
    • Gaelic - The Gaels sound eloquent with their Christmas greeting, which goes “Nollaig chridheil agus Bliadhna mhath ùr!”
    • Breton - Breton families toss to one another a “Nedeleg laouen na bloavezh mat” greeting every Christmas.
    • China - There may be five million people in China, but there are only a few ways to say “Merry Christmas!” - “Kung His Hsin Nien bing Chu Shen Tan (Mandarin),” and “Gun Tso Sun Tan’Gung Haw Sun (Cantonese).
    • Japan - From the Land of the Rising Sun, people say “Shinnen omedeto. Merii Kurisumasu” every Christmas.
    • Korea - Koreans celebrate Christmas with a wide grin and a “Sung Tan Chuk Ha!”
    • Thailand - Buddhism may be the predominant faith in Thailand, but they still acknowledge Christmas as a celebration. In place of “Merry Christmas!,” Thais say “Sawadee Pee Mai!”
    • Philippines - When Filipinos are not in the mood to speak in English, “Merry Christmas!” becomes a meek and warm “Maligayang Pasko!”
    • Malaysia - Malaysians are known to say “Selamat Hari Natal” to locals and tourists every Christmas.
    • Indonesia - You will know it’s Christmas in Indonesia when you start hearing people say “Selamat Hari Natal!”
    • India - Indians, despite of their strong attachment to Hinduism, acknowledge Christmas by saying “Baradin ki shubh kamnaaye!”
    • Sri Lanka - Just like India, Sri Lankans are strong Hindu believers. Though, that does not stop them from acknowledging a significant event like Christmas. Their official Christmas greeting is “Subha nath thalak Vewa. Subha Aluth Awrudhak Vewa!”
    • Sri Lanka (Tamil) - The Tamils are passionate about their beliefs, including how they revere other faiths like Christianity. They acknowledge Christmas with this greeting “Nathar Puthu Varuda Valthukkal!”
    • Russia - A powerful nation embraces Christmas with an equally powerful greeting - “Pozdrevlyayu s prazdnikom Rozhdestva is Novim Godom!”
    • Turkey - Christmas is recognized in Turkey, since Jesus is a known prophet in Islam. The nation’s official greeting is “Noeliniz Ve Yeni Yiliniz Kutlu Olsun!”
    • Ukraine - The Christmas season is celebrated with greetings of “Srozhdestvom Kristovym” or “Zrizdvom hrystovym” in Ukraine.
    • Vietnam - Through the lavish Christmas celebrations, you’ll hear people say “Chuc Mung Giang Sinh” to each other.
    • Papua New Guinea - The folks in Papua New Guinea welcome late December with a joyous “Bikpela hamamas blong dispela Krismas na Nupela yia i go long yu!”
    • Romania - Sometimes the shortest statements mean pretty significant things. In the case of Romania, their Christmas greeting comes as a short but festive “Craciun Fericit.”
    • Iraq - Iraqis don’t say “Merry Christmas,” they instead state ” Idah Saidan Wa Sanah Jadidah.”
    • Saudi Arabia - Saudi Arabia is a kingdom, which means lavish celebrations are held there. If you hear someone say “Milad Majid,” you’re probably attending a Christmas feast.
    • Samoa - Samoans are peace loving people. Naturally, their Christmas greeting, which is “La Maunia Le Kilisimasi Ma Le Tausaga Fou,” has a serene feel to it.
    • Afrikaander - The significance of Christmas has reached some of Africa’s main tribes. Afrikaanders greet the Christian holiday “Een Plesierige Kerfees!”
    • Eritrean Tribe - If a tribesman greets you “Rehus-Beal-Ledeats,” tell him “Merry Christmas to you too.”
    • Afrikaans - This African group greets other folks by saying “Geseënde Kersfees.”
    • Ethiopia - “Melkin Yelidet Beaal” is the way Ethiopians pay tribute to a flying man wearing a red coat on a sleigh.
    • Latin - Latin is a language used during the ancient times. Remarkably, people during that era were already celebrating Christmas. They greeted each other “Natale hilare et Annum Faustum!” every 25th of December.
    • Hebrew - “Mo’adim Lesimkha. Chena tova” is “Merry Christmas’” in Hebrew.

    If you want to add to this please comment.

    So start sending out those Christmas Cards! 

     

     

     

     

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