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Happy Christmas, Joyeux Noël, Frohe Weihnachten, Gleðileg jól....
Bitrex is an international product. It helps to keep children safe in over 60 countries worldwide, which means we get lots of exotic Christmas cards with greetings in many different tongues. We can cover happy Christmas in most of the standard European languages:
Dutch/Flemish - Vrolijk Kerstfeest
French - Joyeux Noël
German - Frohe Weihnachten
Spanish - Feliz Navidad
Icelandic - Gleðileg jól
But we’re also keen to hear about the Christmas traditions from across the global family of Bitrex agents, customers and suppliers.
Santa Claus hasn’t got the monopoly on the gift delivery business. In Greece it’s St Basil who delivers the goods. And in Spain the gifts are, literally, in the hands of the Three Wise Men. And who isn’t to say that isn’t much more appropriate than the man in the beard and red coat.
Northern Europe is of course the source of much Christmas lore. Germany thought up most of the Christmas traditions, including the tree itself and the advent calendar. Opening the twenty five little doors was invented as a way of encouraging patience among children waiting for the gifts to arrive. Shame it doesn’t quite work.
In the Netherlands the crafty parents get round the whole miserable business of waiting until the 25th by having St Nicholas turn up with a large sack on the night of the 5 th /6 th December. Lucky kids.
Interestingly enough St Nick has a black coat due to the many chimneys he has to wriggle down. I’ve always wondered how Father Christmas keeps the white and red outfit so pristine.
And of course we’re always keen to receive greetings from colleagues and friends in the southern hemisphere where the brandy snaps melt in the fierce tropical sun and despite attempts to convert Santa to having his sleigh pulled by antelopes or kangaroos, the traditional reindeer sweat under their arctic coats.
So, if you would like to send us a Christmas greeting, head over to the contact page!