Just to get you into the holiday spirit!

In any language, all over the world, we come together at this one time of year to celebrate our respective beliefs. Whether the beliefs we celebrate are spiritual or secular, we are all touched by something very special:

We experience a Sense of Oneness, of Unity. We speak of “Our Fellow Man” and wish each other “Peace and Goodwill.”*

We hope and, yes, pray that as we proceed into the 21st Century we will find Peace and Common Ground. It is our sincere wish for the coming year that our sentiments and feelings regarding our “Fellow Man” will last for more than just a moment, for more than just a day.

And finally, we hope and pray that we will find the strength and the resolve to demonstrate “Goodwill Toward All Mankind!” To that end, we begin this holiday season with hope and a sincere love for all mankind!

We are so grateful to have had the kind of year we’ve had, privileged to touch the lives of so many wonderful students, and they, in turn, have touched, and profoundly altered, our lives.

With gratitude, we want to wish all of you the Happiest of Holidays!

And, in a myriad of languages, wish you a very Merry Christmas:

Swahili: Krismasi Njema / Heri ya krismas
Zulu: UKhisimusi omuhle
Chewa: Moni Wa Chikondwelero Cha Kristmasi
Afganistan (Dari): Christmas Mubarak (کرسمس مبارک)
Albanian: Gëzuar Krishtlindjen
Arabic: Eid Milad Majid (عيد ميلاد مجيد) Which means ‘Glorious Birth Feast’
Armenian: Shnorhavor Amanor yev Surb Tznund (Շնորհավոր Ամանոր և Սուրբ Ծնունդ) Which means ‘Congratulations for the Holy Birth’
Belgium Dutch/Flemish: Vrolijk Kerstfeest
French: Joyeux Noël
German: Frohe Weihnachten
Walloon: djoyeus Noyé
Bulgarian: ‘vesela ‘koleda
Chinese – Mandarin: Sheng Dan Kuai Le (圣诞快乐)
Cantonese: Seng Dan Fai Lok (聖誕快樂)
Croatian and Bosnian: Sretan Božić
Czech: Prejeme Vam Vesele Vanoce
Danish: Glædelig Jul
The Democratic Republic of Congo – Lingala: Mbotama Malamu
Estonian: Rõõmsaid Jõulupühi
Finnish: Hyvää Joulua
French: Joyeux Noël
Breton: Nedeleg Laouen
Corsican: Bon Natale
Ghana – Dagbani: Ni ti Burunya Chou
Ghana – Akan: Afishapa
Greek: Kala Christouyenna or Καλά Χριστούγεννα
Greenlandic: Juullimi Ukiortaassamilu Pilluarit
Danish (also used in Greenland): Glædelig Jul
Hawaiian: Mele Kalikimaka
Holland (Dutch): Prettige Kerstfeest or Vrolijk Kerstfeest
Hungarian: Kellemes karácsonyi ünnepeket
Icelandic: Gleðileg jól
India – Hindi: Śubh krisamas (शुभ क्रिसमस)
India – Urdu: krismas mubarak (کرسمس)
India – Sanskrit: Krismasasya shubhkaamnaa
India – Gujarati: Anandi Natal or Khushi Natal (આનંદી નાતાલ)
India – Bengali: shubho bôṛodin (শুভ বড়দিন)
India – Tamil: kiṟistumas vāḻttukkaḷ (கிறிஸ்துமஸ் வாழ்த்துக்கள்)
India – Konkani: Khushal Borit Natala
India – Mizo: Krismas Chibai
India – Marathi: Navīn varṣacyā hārdik śubhecchā (नवीन वर्षच्या हार्दिक शुभेच्छा)
India – Punjabi: karisama te nawāṃ sāla khušayāṃwālā hewe (ਕਰਿਸਮ ਤੇ ਨਵਾੰ ਸਾਲ ਖੁਸ਼ਿਯਾੰਵਾਲਾ ਹੋਵੇ)
India – Malayalam: Christmas inte mangalaashamsakal
Indonesian: Selamat Natal
Iran (Farsi): Christmas MobArak
Kurdish (Kumanji): Kirîsmes u ser sala we pîroz be
Irish – Gaelic: Nollaig Shona Dhuit
Israel – Hebrew: Chag Molad Sameach (חג מולד שמח) meaning Happy festival of the Birth
Italy – Italian: Buon Natale
Italy – Sicilian: Bon Natali
Japanese: Meri Kurisumasu (or ‘Meri Kuri’ for short!)
Japanese: Hiragana: めりーくりすます
Japanese: Katakana: メリークリスマス
Korean: ‘Meri krismas’ (메리 크리스마르) or ‘Jeulgaeun krismas doeseyo’ (즐거운 크리스마스 되세요)
Latvian: Priecïgus Ziemassvºtkus
Lithuanian: Linksmų Kalėdų
Macedonian: Streken Bozhik or Cpeќeн Бoжик
Madagascar (Malagasy): Tratra ny Noely
Maltese: Il-Milied it-Tajjeb
Malaysia – Bahasa/Malay: Selamat Hari Natal
Malaysia – Malayalam: Puthuvalsara Aashamsakal

A Special Tribute to Native American/First Nation Languages

Native American/First Nation Languages – Apache (Western): Gozhqq Keshmish
Native American/First Nation Languages – Navajo: Nizhonigo Keshmish
Native American/First Nation Languages – Inuit: Quvianagli Anaiyyuniqpaliqsi
Native American/First Nation Languages – Yupik: Alussistuakeggtaarmek
Aleut: Kamgan Ukudigaa
Apalachicola Creek: Nettv-Cako-Rakko
Alutiiq Alaska: Spraasnikam! [Happy Holidays]
Western Apache: Gozhqq Keshmish
Aymara: Sooma Nawira-ra
Blackfoot: I’Taamomohkatoyiiksistsikomi
Central Ahtna: C’ehwggelnen Dzaen
Cherokee: Danistayohihv &Aliheli’sdi Itse Udetiyvasadisv
Cheyenne: Hoesenestotse & Aa’eEmona’e
Choctaw: Yukpa, Nitak Hollo Chito
Cree: Mitho Makosi Kesikansi
Creek: Afvcke Nettvcakorakko
Dine/Navajo: Ya’at’eeh Keshmish
Gitksan: Hisgusgitxwsim Ha’niisgats Christ ganhl Ama Sii K’uuhl!
Guarani Nandeva: Avyaitete Ahï Ko Tupa Ray Árape Qyraï Yy Kapyryin Rira
Guarayu: Imboeteipri tasecoi Tupa i vave!
Gwich’In: Drin tsal zhit shoh ohlii & Drin Choo zhit zhoh ohli
Hawaiian: Mele Kalikimaka & Hauoli Makahiki Hou
Inupiaq: annaurri Aniruq & Paglaun Ukiutchiaq
Inupiatun: Quvianaq Agaayuniqpak
Inupik: Jutdlime pivdluarit ukiortame pivdluaritlo!
Iroquois: Ojenyunyat Sungwiyadeson Homungradon Nagwutut & Ojenyunyat Osrasay
Kaqchikel: Dios Tik’ujie’ Avik’in
Koyukon: Denaahuto’ Hoolaahn Dedzaahn Sodeelts’eeyh
Kutchin: Drin Tsal Neenjit Goozu’
Lakota: Wanikiya Tonpi Wowiyuskin & Omaka Teca Oiyokipi
Maya/Yucateco: Utzul Mank’inal
Metis/Michif: Gayayr Nwel
Ojibwe (Chippewa): Niibaa’ Anami’egiizhigad & Aabita Biboo
Oneida: Wanto’wan Amp; Hoyan
Naskapi: Miywaaitaakun Mikusaanor
Q’anjob’Al: Chi Woche Swatx’ilal Hak’ul Yet Jun Yalji Komami’
Quechua: Sumaj Kausay Kachun Navidad Ch’sisipi & Mosoi Watapi Sumaj Kausay Kachun
Retvara: Mamaka Wejejerãka
Salcha: Dzeen Chox Teedle ‘Aay Nayilkaa
Seneca: A:o’-E:sad Yos-Ha:-Se:’
Tanaina: Natukda Nuuphaa
Tewa: Hihchandi Núuphaa
Tlingit: Xristos Khuwdziti Kax Sh Kaxtoolxetl
Tutchone/Northern: T’ohudinch’i Hulin Dzenu & Eyum Nan Ek’an Nenatth’at Danji Te Yesohuthin Ch’e Hadaatle
Yupik Eskimo, Alaska: Angliq Alussistuaq!
Yupik Eskimo, Siberian: Quyanalghii Kuusma & Quyangalleq Nutaghamun Aymiqulleq

Nepali : Kreesmasko shubhkaamnaa (क्रस्मसको शुभकामना)
New Zealand (Maori): Meri Kirihimete
Nigeria – Hausa: barka dà Kirsìmatì
Nigeria – Yoruba: E ku odun, e ku iye’dun
Nigeria – Fulani: Jabbama be salla Kirismati
Nigeria – Igbo (Ibo): E keresimesi Oma
Nigeria – Edo: Iselogbe
Nigeria – Ibibio: Idara ukapade isua
Norwegian: God Jul or Glædelig Jul
Philippines – Tagalog: Maligayang Pasko
Philippines – Ilokano: Naragsak Nga Paskua
Philippines – Ilonggo: Malipayon nga Pascua
Philippines – Sugbuhanon or Cebuano: Maayong Pasko
Philippines – Bicolano: Maugmang Pasko
Philippines – Pangalatok or Pangasinense: Maabig ya pasko or Magayagan inkianac
Polish: Wesołych Świąt
Portuguese: Feliz Natal or Boas Festas
Romanian: Crặciun Fericit
Russian: s rah-zh-dee-st-VOHM (C рождеством!) or
s-schah-st-lee-vah-vah rah-zh dee-st-vah (Счастливого рождества!)
Rwanda (Kinyarwanda): Noheli nziza
Samoan: Manuia Le Kerisimasi
Scotland – Scots: Blithe Yule
Scotland – Gaelic: Nollaig Chridheil
Serbian: Hristos se rodi (Христос се роди) – Christ is born,
Vaistinu se rodi (Ваистину се роди) – truly born (reply)
Slovakian: Vesele Vianoce
Slovene or Slovenian: Vesel Božič
Somali: Kirismas Wacan
South Africa – Afrikaans: Geseënde Kersfees
South Africa – Zulu: UKhisimusi omuhle
Spanish – Español: Feliz Navidad or Nochebuena (which means ‘Holy Night’ – Christmas Eve)
Spanish – Catalan: Bon Nadal
Spanish – Galician: Bo Nadal
Spanish – Basque: Eguberri on (which means ‘Happy New Day’)
Swedish: God Jul
Switzerland: Schöni Wiehnachte
Thai: Suk sarn warn Christmas
Turkish: Mutlu Noeller
Uganda – Lugandan: Seku Kulu
Ukranian: Veseloho Vam Rizdva or Веселого Різдва
Vietnamese: Chuć Mưǹg Giańg Sinh
Welsh: Nadolig Llawen
Zimbabwe – Shona: Muve neKisimusi
Zimbabwe – Ndebele: Izilokotho Ezihle Zamaholdeni

And, of course, the Sci-fi & Fantasy Languages!

Klingon (Star Trek): toDwI’ma’ qoS yItIvqu’ (Our Savior’s birthday you-enjoy!)
Quenya (Lord of the Rings): Alassë a Hristomerendë (Joyous Feast of Christ)
Sindarin (Lord of the Rings): Mereth Veren e-Doled Eruion (Joyous Feast of the Coming of the Son of God)

From Our Family to Yours: Merry Christmas, in all of the above-mentioned languages, and more; Happy Kwanzaa; Happy Hanukkah; and and especially Happy New Year!

God Bless You and Keep You in the Coming Year!

Westside Tutoring & Testing Services and The Zajaros Family

*Please understand that “Fellow Man” and “Mankind” are meant as generic terms for all of man and womankind. The term “mankind” is sexist, to be sure, a reflection of our very long and shared heritage; all that historical baggage aside, we hope you will not take offense.

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I was profoundly moved by a granddaughter’s video tribute to her grandmother on the National Geographic website.

Gan-Gan by Gemma Green-Hope - National Geographic's Proof

Gemma Green-Hope’s Gan-Gan lives on through a loving granddaughter.

What a wonderful life-statement, a lasting eulogy to one so dear.

Gemma Green-Hope with Gan-Gan's Bicycle: National Geographic Proof Series Tribute

Immortality takes on many forms.

As we move through life we try to make a difference, we thrive and grow through a series of relationships; and, in the end, those connections define us.

They are what matter.

They are, in fact, our immortality because, as long as we are remembered, we live on.

One thing is certain:

Gan-Gan, through the images and words of Gemma Green-Hope, lives on!

George Orwell once wrote that the loss of a person equals the loss of an entire perspective:

“One mind less, one world less.”

Gemma Green-Hope echoes Orwell’s sentiments when talking about her poetic stop-motion piece and explaining why she made a film tribute for her grandmother
Gan-Gan.

“Everyone has such interesting lives and stories,

and it seems sad that all that history often disappears with them.

It’s impossible to sum up someone’s whole life in two minutes,

but I wanted to capture a little piece of her marvellous character

and share it with others so she wouldn’t be forgotten.”

Here’s to the millions upon millions of Gan-Gans who have lived, and continue to live, in the hearts and minds, in the very souls, of their grandchildren!

Professor Z
Westside Tutoring & Testing Services
Lakewood, Ohio 44107
216-712-7004 (office)

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