Lots of people will have seen these rather ace drawings by Mary Cousins illustrating the Manx words for common things we associate with Christmas. Commissioned by Culture Vannin I’m delighted to be able to share the whole calendar with you (just in case you missed any of the posts).

To read more about the advent calendar follow the link here: http://www.culturevannin.im/news_story_503885.html and to see the full series of images as thumbnails (a bit easier to read than on here, click here: http://www.culturevannin.im/image_collection_503958.html

You can also watch a videos so you can check you’re saying the words right! The pronunciations can be found here: http://www.culturevannin.im/video_story_504332.html

Here are a few more words you might like (or even recognise already).

Nollick / Christmas

Gaelg / Manx language

Nollick ghennal / Merry Christmas

Nollick ghennal as blein vie noa / Merry Christmas and a happy new year

Laa Nollick / Christmas Day

Oie’ll Voirrey / Christmas Eve

Shelg yn Drean / Hunt the Wren

(Note that the English here is their meanings rather than their literal translations (e.g. ‘Mary’s Evening’ is something like what the Manx for Christmas Eve comes out as)).

Whatever you are doing tomorrow, I hope you have a wonderful day, surrounded by family and friends.

Jane x

The Manx Advent Calendar – in full!

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