My task for today (from my tea advent calendar) was to listen to a Christmas song in every language I speak. Seeing as how it was likely to be difficult to find a song other than “Jingle Bells” (which is definitely not one of my favorites on repeat) in a bunch of different languages, and taking into account that it could get quite boring, listening to the same song over and over again, I chose to interpret the assignment as being any Christmas song for any of the languages (i.e. different songs for each language, as opposed to the same one in each language). These are the songs I picked.
German: Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht
(It was originally written in German. I love the version by John Denver and the Muppets on their joint Christmas album.)
French: Minuit Chrétiens
(One of my favorite Christmas songs, and it was originally in French. This isn’t my favorite version, but it’s still nice.)
Japanese: All I Want for Christmas is You Japanese cover
(Clearly not originally Japanese, but I like it anyway, so I listened to it. I loved the ridiculous Christmas music I would hear in the shops while living in Japan, but I can’t remember any of it. This one does justice to some of the better covers I heard, though.) 😀
English: Mary, did you know?
I first remember hearing this song at Mass at my aunt’s Church in a small town in Texas. A boy around my age sang the song during Mass, I believe during the meditation time following Communion (when everyone goes up to the front and takes some bread and wine). I thought it was magical, hearing this twangy-accented high schooler sing his heart out with these words and notes. This version reminds me of a grown-up version of that first one I remember hearing.
Italian: Tu Scendi Dalle Stele
(Originally written in Italian. I love this guy.)
Spanish: Los Peces en el Rio
(I’d never heard this one, but I love it. It is originally in Spanish, and also quite popular as a Christmas song in Spanish-speaking cultures.)*
Seeing as I don’t speak any others fluently or conversationally, I didn’t do them – this took some time and consideration as it was! But it was totally good. Just made me want to listen to loads more in each of the languages, really. Also, I totally forgot about English and Spanish songs until after I thought I was already finished with this task. Whoops. 😛
*If you want some awesome, quality, unoffensive music in Spanish, check out this song. Be prepared to be a little shocked when you see the artists performing, and how strongly it contrasts to the sound of the music. It rocks. Try listening to it without seeing the video for a minute or two. Enjoy!