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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Christmas Cards (11/06/08)

TITLE: Greetings Around The World
By Rebecca O'Connor
11/08/08


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Merry Christmas is an around the world greeting
It’s said far and wide to all people meeting
In holiday time with folks of good cheer
With cards sent away and some to give near

In Africa “Rehus-Beal-Ledeats” is said
While “Feliz Navidad” in Spanish is read
It is said in Croatia: “Sretan Bozic”
Macedonian’s phrase: “Sreken Bozhik”

Though the saying is different, still it is true
That many are shouting it; more than a few
Yorubans say “E ku odun, e ku iye'dun!”
Yet Turks “Noeliniz Ve Yeni Yiliniz Kutlu Olsun”

All the world over the greetings are read
So many languages float in my head
Just as the Sami say: “Buorrit Juovllay”
The Iroquois muster: “Ojenyunyat osrasay”

No matter the saying the meaning is clear
In English we add and a Happy New Year
In Finland they wish us a “Hyvaa joulua”
And in Hawaiian: “Mele Kalikimaka”

In Iraqi: “Idah Saidan Wa Sanah Jadidah”
Although in Korean: “Sung Tan Chuk Ha”
And if you can get through this poem of mine
I’ll say Merry Christmas and end just in time!


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Christine Dunn11/14/08
Phew! It was worth reading all those words just for the fun ending!
Angela M. Baker-Bridge11/15/08
And Bon Natale to you too :) Excellent poem. Thanks!
Mary Alice Bowles11/15/08
Sounds like you have got a lot of work in this one!
Merry Christmas to you too, sweet writer and a Happy New Year!!
Helen Murray11/20/08
What a fun read. Thank you for this.