Diversity and inclusion are at the heart of our company, and we believe that Christmas is the perfect time to celebrate this spirit. As a very multicultural family with team members located all around the world, our team collectively speaks almost 20 languages.
We’ve interviewed a few of our colleagues to ask them how they say “Merry Christmas” in their home countries and tell us how they’re going to spend the Christmas period this year.
Maggie Bruk, Marketing & Design Manager
This translates to “Merry Christmas” in Polish. Maggie is originally from Western Australia, but her parents are both from Poland. This year, she will be spending Christmas with family in London but celebrating Polish-style with traditions like Wigilia (Christmas Eve supper) and eating opłatek (Christmas wafers).
મેરી ક્રિસમસ (Naatal ni Hardik shubheccha ani abhinandan)
Avvan Nanabhai, Finance Coordinator
Avvan is originally from Gujarat, India, and this is how they say “Merry Christmas” in his dialect. Avvan has spent his last 3 Christmases in London, but this year he will finally travel back to Gujarat to be reunited with family and friends for the holidays.
Kelly Sanchez, Business Development Associate
Born in Colombia and currently living in Mallorca, this is how Kelly says “Merry Christmas” in Spanish. This year, after five years away, Kelly and her mother will finally spend Christmas in Colombia once again. She and her family will make buñuelos (cheesy fried dough) and natilla (cinnamon milk custard) and celebrate el Dia de las Velitas where they light candles. This day is the unofficial start of the Christmas season in the country. It’s a true competition between the neighbours, where everyone wants to showcase their best decorations.
Lorena Fasui, Marketing Coordinator
This translates to “Merry Christmas” in Romanian. Lorena will be celebrating Christmas this year with her family in her home town of Calimanesti, Romania. In this small town, the locals have kept old traditions alive, including Steaua, when children visit homes singing carols. She looks forward to welcoming them with homemade sweets.
Natalia Calcetero, Business Development Associate
Born in Colombia but now living in France, this is how Natalia says “Merry Christmas” in French. This holiday season, Natalia is excited to welcome her siblings, whom she hasn’t seen in 3 years, to Paris. It will be their first time in France, and they will enjoy the city, visiting museums, and trying lots of French food.
Samuel Peña, Marketing Associate
Sam is from Venezuela but has recently moved to Orlando, Florida in the USA. Since he’s left his family behind in Caracas, this year he will spend Christmas Day with friends. Close to midnight, they will go watch the lighting of the Christmas tree star in the city square, where people will gather and sing carols. They will also make hallacas together, a traditional Venezuelan dish consisting of meat-filled cornmeal dough.
Kirîstmas pîroz bê
Juan Zada, Technical Support Engineer
Juan is originally from Syria, and this is how he says “Merry Christmas” in Kurdish. After living in Denmark for many years, he has recently moved to Greece. This year he will spend Christmas in Athens with his wife and baby, and he is looking forward to participating in Greek Christmas traditions for the first time, such as decking the door and tables with pomegranates and eating melomakarona (Greek Christmas cookies) and kourabiedes (Greek butter cookies).
That’s it from us! From the whole Shocklogic family, we wish you a happy holiday season, and a prosperous new year.
Written by Angie Harms and Lorena Fasui