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How to say CHRISTMAS TREE in 50 languages with Europe in a Day!

Christmas tree in Kyiv, Ukraine – Source: europeanbestdestinations.com

One of the most recognisable symbols of the festive season, the tradition of decorating Christmas trees is said to have been started by German speakers in the 16th century. This being said, some argue the practice is much older and began in the medieval Baltic!

Whatever its origins, Christmas trees are a common sight throughout Europe and beyond during December. So have yourself a Merry Christmas and learn the name of this Christmas icon in the 50 languages of Europe in a Day!

Curiously, not all cultures and languages call them Christmas trees. While some put up their trees for Santa Claus to leave gifts under, others decorate them to celebrate the coming New Year – this is also reflected in the names! Take a look and see!

  1. Albanian – Pema e Vitit të Ri*
  2. Arabic – شجرة عيد الميلاد (Shajarat eid almilad)
  3. Armenian – տոնածառ (Tonatsarr)
  4. Azerbaijani – Yeni il ağacı*
  5. Basque – Eguberrietako zuhaitz
  6. Belarusian – Ёлка (Yolka)
  7. Bulgarian – Коледна елха (Koledna elkha)
  8. Catalan – Arbre de Nadal
  9. Croatian – Božićno drvce
  10. Czech – Vánoční stromek
  11. Danish – Juletræ
  12. Dutch – Kerstboom
  13. Estonian – Jõulukuusk
  14. Faroese – Jólatræ
  15. Finnish – Joulukuusi
  16. French – Sapin de Noël
  17. Georgian – საშობაო ნაძვის ხე (Sashobao nadzvis khe)
  18. German – Weihnachtsbaum
  19. Greek – Χριστουγεννιάτικο δέντρο (Khristougenniátiko déntro)
  20. Greenlandic – Orpiliaq
  21. Hungarian – Karácsonyfa
  22. Icelandic – Jólatré
  23. Irish Gaelic – Crann Nollag
  24. Italian – Albero di Natale
  25. Jèrriais – Arbre d’Noué
  26. Latin – Arbor natalicia
  27. Latvian – Ziemassvētku egle
  28. Lithuanian – Kalėdų eglutė
  29. Low German – Dannenboom
  30. Luxembourgish – Chrëschtbeemchen
  31. Macedonian – Новогодишна елка (Novogodišna elka)*
  32. Maltese – Siġra tal-Milied
  33. Manx – Billey Nollick
  34. Monégasque – Arburu nataliçiu
  35. Northern Sami – Juovlamuorra
  36. Norwegian – Juletre
  37. Polish – Choinka
  38. Portuguese – Árvore de Natal
  39. Romanian – Pom de Crăciun
  40. Russian – Рождественская ёлка (Rozhdestvenskaya yolka)
  41. Scots Gaelic – Craobh Nollaige
  42. Serbian – Новогодишње дрво (Novogodišnje drvo)*
  43. Slovak – Vianočný stromček
  44. Slovene – Božično drevo
  45. Spanish – Árbol de Navidad
  46. Swedish – Julgran
  47. Swiss German – Wiehnachtsbaum
  48. Turkish – Noel ağacı
  49. Ukrainian – Різдвяна ялинка (Rizdvyana yalinka)
  50. Welsh – Coeden Nadolig
  • Albanian – Pema e Vitit të Ri is a ‘New Year Tree’
  • Azerbaijani – Yeni il ağacı is a ‘New Year Tree’
  • Macedonian – Новогодишна елка (Novogodišna elka) is a ‘New Year Tree’
  • Serbian – Новогодишње дрво (Novogodišnje drvo) is a ‘New Year Tree’

Author: James Scanlan
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