Spotlight: Christmas Eve in Saltzburg


Back in 1981 I was asked by a planning and engineering firm I had worked for to be rehired for a six-month project in Europe. It completely flabbergasted me that no one they had asked before me wanted to go. Their issue–being there for 6 months– was the exact reason I wanted to go!  When else would I have the chance to spend six months in another cutlure—and on someone else’s dime for the most part!!

The company gave us a couple weeks off for the Christmas-New Year’s time period. They had expected I would want to return to the US to celebrate the holidays and then return to Europe in the New Year. I said thank you no thank you and we enjoyed the time being tourists.      

We headed to Saltzburg to say hello to a cousin there.  We arrived on December 24 and after finding a privat zimmer, we went to dinner.  Afterwards, as we came out on to the snow-covered street in the old city, we saw lots and lots of people all walking purposely down the street. We decided to follow to see what was up.

We turned into a churchyard, received a lit candle and then we stood in the snow and quietly listened to the amazing clear sounds of a brass quartet playing Mozart high above us at the Castle.

            

This is one of my favorite memories of the season….the sense of peace and calm that enveloped me was one I still cherish.

 

May each of you find that peace and calm in the spirit of the holiday and hold it for as long as possible through the new year.

                                                                                                      Shenoraavor Nor Dari yev Pari Gaghand                     Tezze Iliniz Yahsi Olsun                 Rehus-Beal-Ledeats

 Selamat Hari Natal             Zorionak eta Urte Berri On!                           Shuvo Naba Barsha

                                      Vesele Vanoce      Cestit Bozic i Sretna Nova godina                 Feliz Natal

          Nedeleg laouen na bloavezh mat      Tchestita Koleda; Tchestito Rojdestvo Hristovo

 Bon Nadal i un Bon Any Nou!               Feliz Navidad                      Gun Tso Sun Tan’Gung Haw Sun

             Kung His Hsin Nien bing Chu Shen Tan            Yukpa, Nitak Hollo Chito

     Feliz Navidad y Próspero Año Nuevo                                          Nadelik looan na looan blethen noweth

 Pace e salute     Rot Yikji Dol La Roo                   Mitho Makosi Kesikansi                        Sretan Bozic             Prejeme Vam Vesele Vanoce a stastny Novy Rok                  Glædelig Jul

 Christmas-e- Shoma Mobarak                        Vrolijk Kerstfeest en een Gelukkig Nieuwjaar! or Zalig Kerstfeast

                                                                                          Merry Christmas

 Jutdlime pivdluarit ukiortame pivdluaritlo!                                        Gajan Kristnaskon           Feliz Navidad

                    Rõõmsaid Jõulupühi              Melkin Yelidet Beaal                               Gledhilig jol og eydnurikt                           nyggjar!                             Cristmas-e-shoma mobarak bashad           Hyvaa joulua

                       Zalig Kerstfeest en Gelukkig nieuw jaar                              Joyeux Noel

 Noflike Krystdagen en in protte Lok en Seine yn it Nije Jier!                                  Bo Nada

                      Fröhliche Weihnachten                           Kala Christouyenna!

             Jwaye Nowel or to Jesus Edo Bri’cho o Rish D’Shato Brichto                 Mele Kalikimaka

Barka da Kirsimatikuma Barka da Sabuwar Shekara!                             Mo’adim Lesimkha. Chena tova

                      Shub Naya Baras                      Kellemes Karacsonyi unnepeket               Gledileg Jol

 Selamat Hari Natal                 Idah Saidan Wa Sanah Jadidah        Nollaig Shona Dhuit         Nodlaig mhaith chugnat                                   Ojenyunyat Sungwiyadeson honungradon nagwutut. Ojenyunyat osrasay.

                Buone Feste Natalizie            Shinnen omedeto. Kurisumasu Omedeto   Mithag Crithagsigathmithags

          Sung Tan Chuk Ha       souksan van Christmas                    Natale hilare et Annum Faustum!

Prieci’gus Ziemsve’tkus un Laimi’gu Jauno Gadu!             Wjesole hody a strowe nowe leto

              Priecigus Ziemassvetkus                  Linksmu Kaledu                Heughliche Winachten un ‘n moi Nijaar                     Schèine Chreschtdaag an e gudde Rutsch            Sreken Bozhik

                                                                       Nollick ghennal as blein vie noa                        Meri Kirihimete

 Shub Naya Varsh            Merry Keshmish                 God Ju            Gledelig Jul   Pulit nadal e bona annado

                    Bon Pasco      Bikpela hamamas blong dispela Krismas na Nupela yia i go long yu

                  En frehlicher Grischtdaag un en hallich Nei Yaahr!                  Feliz Navidad y un Venturoso Año Nuevo

 Maligayang Pasko!                          Wesolych Swiat Bozego Narodzenia or Boze Narodzenie

                                        Feliz Natal         Christmas Aao Ne-way Kaal Mo Mobarak Sha

               Mata-Ki-Te-Rangi. Te-Pito-O-Te-Henua               Bellas festas da nadal e bun onn

Legreivlas fiastas da Nadal e bien niev onn!                            Sarbatori vesele or Craciun fericit

           Pozdrevlyayu s prazdnikom Rozhdestva is Novim Godom                          Buorrit Juovllat

                                                                                                               La Maunia Le Kilisimasi Ma Le Tausaga Fou

 Bonu nadale e prosperu annu nou      Nollaig chridheil huibh                       Hristos se rodi.

             Subha nath thalak Vewa. Subha Aluth Awrudhak Vewa          Vesele Vianoce. A stastlivy Novy Rok

                       Vesele Bozicne Praznike Srecno Novo Leto    Vesel Bozic in srecno Novo leto

          Feliz Navidad            God Jul                Ett Gott Nytt År                            Masaganang Bagong Taon

 Nathar Puthu Varuda Valthukkal                Neekiriisimas annim oo iyer seefe feyiyeech!

                 Sawadee Pee Mai          souksan wan Christmas      Noeliniz Ve Yeni Yiliniz Kutlu Olsun

 Srozhdestvom Kristovym                                Z RIZDVOM HRYSTOVYM        Naya Saal Mubarak Ho

                    Chuc Mung Giang Sinh             Nadolig Llawen                    Yoruba: E ku odun, e ku iye’dun!

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One Response to Spotlight: Christmas Eve in Saltzburg

  1. dawnhbrady says:

    What a beautiful and memorable holiday experience.

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