5+ Best Slovenian Christmas Greetings

As Christmas is approaching, you must want to learn some most common Slovenian Christmas greetings, right? Well, you are in luck as we will walk you through some unique and important Slovenian traditions and different Christmas greetings used by the locals. If you are ready for that, then let’s get started.

Christmas Traditions In Slovenia

Traditions in Slovenia are unique because most of these might not be present in other cultures. They have their traditional food especially related to Christmas, their unique ways of giving gifts, wishing luck, and overall manner for celebrating this special day.

The most unique yet mesmerizing thing about Slovenian traditions related to Christmas is that they get to have three Santas. Yes, that’s right. They have three different Santa, each assigned for a different day for celebration. These are also called the three good men/ three old men.

Decorations On Christmas

When it comes to Christmas, decorations are important. In Slovenia, people are conscious about decorating their houses on Christmas. The decorations are everywhere, from homes to offices and even the main squares.

In November, the people start adorning the streets with fairy lights and other Christmas essentials. But all of the lights and decorations come into action on 1st December. That is when Slovenians officially began their Christmas celebrations. From the first of December, there are different traditions in Slovenia which take place as a mini celebration for Christmas.

People set up their Christmas trees on Christmas eve and sit down with their families. They also love to go out in mass gatherings with friends and family in which they have caroling etc.

Christmas Fair

On Christmas, the people make countless items which they display so that people can buy them. Those items are displayed on different stations, which can be found in all the streets. Those stations are like small cabins made out of wood with proper measures to keep oneself from freezing in the chilly weather.

There are different things which people sell on Christmas in Slovenia. These majorly include woolen socks and gloves, mittens, wooden decorations pieces, keychains, jewelry, food and edibles, and different drinks (especially wine). Sellers have items that people buy even if they don’t necessarily need them since they are on a shopping spree. There is a crowd where people walk and enjoy the lightings and stalls.

Drinking Mulled Wine

One of the most important ways of celebrating Christmas in Slovenia is by preparing and drinking mulled wine. Mulled wine is like a tea made out of wine. It is a unique wine made by heating wine and adding in the cinnamon stick and a slice of tangerine.

Mulled wine is liked by people all over Slovenia. On Christmas, almost everyone seems to hold a cup of mulled wine. Slovenians make it from both red and white wine. By now, you must know one thing about Slovenians that they love homemade items like schnapps. Mulled wine is also like that; it is valued more if made at home.

Celebrating St. Nicholas Day

Once the celebrations for Christmas officially begin on 6th December, St. Nicholas Day takes place. Almost the entire Slovenia celebrates this day. St. Nicholas Day’s eve is like a mini Halloween of Slovenia but in December and a part of Christmas-related traditions.

On this day, countless people dress up in various frightening outfits, generally called Parkelj. It is like the Krampus and tends to scare people away. Different people, especially children, would knock on doors randomly and scare people.

It also gives and takes sweets, which resemble the “trick or treat” on Halloween. Both the evil and good figures are shown on this day. People are dressed up as evil entities but there are also some people who dress up as Saint Nicholas and other religious figures and a Parkelj to scare people.

The households which give importance to their traditional values in Slovenia give gifts and eatables like oranges to the children. They love to celebrate it as a part of Slovenian culture. But still, there are many families who do not celebrate and have completely left this semi-celebration.

Whispering And Listening

Slovenian culture has different mythological folktales and legends and one of those is that on Christmas eve people can predict the future. According to this legend, whatever is said on Christmas might come true. The people whisper about the future and pay close attention to listen for any signs/ messages.

There was a trend of performing rituals on Christmas eve, which could help them know about their future. This tradition has a history in Slovenian culture since witchcraft used to be famous back then. There are different sayings in Slovenian around this as well.

Getting Good Spirits

Many religious people prefer to stay indoors and pray for their future. They try to stay spiritual on Christmas eve and get signs. They believe that going out might lead to a mishap. This is not just about leaving home but also going into others’ homes.

It was thought that if you go to someone’s house on Christmas, you are losing your luck and inviting bad luck to that person’s house. In the past, people used to strictly stay in their homes on Christmas Eve and not go to someone’s house. But now, this tradition has almost ended. Only religious people believe in such things and thus follow these traditions.

Giving Modest Gifts

In Slovenia, people tend to like modest gifts over more expensive gifts. Hand-made/ homemade items are preferred. For example, giving someone cookies in Slovenia is always loved especially when they are made in their homes.

Oranges/ Tangerines are always loved in Slovenia. These are cherished on all the events and festivals of Slovenia, and Christmas is no exception. Giving and receiving tangerines as presents is also very common in Slovenia.

It is believed that anyone can purchase gifts, but the best gifts are those which involve emotions in them. It is better to receive a small gift out of love than a big one without love in Slovenia.

Tepežni Dan/Tepežnica

Have you ever heard of a tradition in which the children could be whipping adults and even their own parents? Well, welcome to Slovenia. As a part of Christmas-related traditions, Tepežni dan/ Tepežnica is one of the most common and fun ones.

Tepežni dan/ Tepežnica takes place on 28th December. It is a day on which the adults and children wake up early in the morning and get to span adults. The spanking is gentle and just a part of the tradition.

It is considered that if an adult gets spanked by a child on Tepežni dan/ Tepežnica then it boosts their fertility. They tend to have more children if they follow this tradition. It is also thought that getting spanked by children will bring good fortune and success in the coming year.

Fasting

Slovenian people often fast on December 24th. Right before Christmas, they turn their lifestyle into a slightly modest one. They keep their meals lighter before 24th December and tend to stay away from specific items, especially meat on 24th December.

Fasting is usually continued till Christmas day, and then all the rules are supposed to be broken. On Christmas day, the meal should be lavish to the extent that there is no room for more food on the table. Starting the year with a full table is also known to bring good luck in the coming year.

Live Nativity

Between 25 and 30 of December, a live nativity scene is performed in Slovenia in Postojna Cave. Live nativity in Postojna Cave is also called the Christmas Fairytale in Postojna Cave. It is the recreation of the actual/ told nativity scene. There are different performances with all the actors performing the main scenes of the nativity. All the characters are the same as present in the bible.

Everywhere there are glittery decorations, and everything is illuminated. The entire scenario looks even better because of the inside of the cave and the water at some parts of the cave. The entire length of the path on which people walk to see the show is 5 Kilometers.

People in Slovenia go with their entire families to visit the cave and get the best out of their experience. It starts with a train ride for some kilometers. After that, the people start walking and continue walking till they reach the end. The entire cave is set up properly to demonstrate the best scenes, so people stop to watch some particular scenes. The whole walk takes a total of almost one and a half hours.

Christmas Greetings In Slovenian

There are different ways of wishing someone a merry Christmas. One of them is by saying “vesel božič.” Vesel božič literally means Happy Christmas in English. In Slovenian, there are different ways of using the word happy.

While using happy with a hint of congratulations in it, the root word “Srečen” is used. Srečen literally means happy. However, to congratulate someone on specific occasions like days, etc., “vesel” is used. There are different forms of both the root words which can be used.

Here is a table with examples for you to understand the difference:

Words In SlovenianEnglish Translation
SrečenHappy
Vesele PraznikeHappy Holidays
Vesele Velikonočne PraznikeHappy Easter
Vse NajboljšeHappy Birthday
Vesel Materinski DanHappy Mother’s Day
Vesel Dan OčetovHappy Father’s Day
Vesel Dan NeodvisnostiHappy Independence Day
Vesel Dan ObrambeHappy Defence Day
Vesel Dan ŽenaHappy Women’s Day
Veselo ValentinovoHappy Valentine’s Day
Vesel Dan OtrokaHappy Children’s Day
Srečen ZakonHappy Marriage
Srečna Obletnica PorokeHappy Wedding Anniversary
Srečno Novo LetoHappy New Year

Let’s make some sentences using vesel božič.

Slovenian Sentences and GreetingsEnglish Translations
Rada bi ji pripravila presenečenje in ji zaželela vesel božič.I want to give her a surprise to wish her a merry Christmas.
Želim vam vesel božič.I wish you a merry Christmas.
Vesel božič tebi in tvoji družini.Merry Christmas to you and your family
Naj vam ta božič prinese veselje. Vesel božič!May this Christmas bring you joy. Merry Christmas
Čestitam vam za poroko in vesel božič.Congratulations on your wedding and a merry Christmas
Vesel božič in srečno novo leto.Merry Christmas and a happy new year
Naj bo ta božič najboljši za vas.May this Christmas be the best one for you.
Letos vas čaka veliko sreče.A lot of good fortune awaits you this year
Kaj bi radi za darilo za ta božič?What would you like as a present for this Christmas?
Ali greste na božič ven s prijatelji in družino?Do you go out with friends and family on Christmas?

Other Greetings

Here are some general greetings which you can definitely use on Christmas day to show someone a nice gesture:

Slovenian GreetingsEnglish Translation
DobrodošliWelcome
SrečnoGood luck
Srečno potBon Voyage
Vse najboljšeAll the best
Lep danA beautiful day
Bodi boljeBe better
Na zdravjeCheers
Lepo se imejHave a nice day
Dober tekBon Appetit
ČestitamCongratulations

Christmas Vocabulary In Slovenian

Talking about Slovenian Christmas greetings and not knowing the essential words would be awful. To help you with the vocabulary, here is a quick list of all the words you need to know before you wish your loved ones a happy Christmas.

Christmas Vocabulary In SlovenianEnglish Translation
Božična PesemChristmas Carol
Božični VečerChristmas Eve
AngelAngel
BlusteryBlustery
SladkarijeCandy
PraznujteCelebrate
KolednikiCarolers
KostanjChestnuts
PraznovanjeCelebration
HladnoChilly
Ohladite SeChill
Umetno DrevoArtificial Tree
VejaBough
DobrodelnostCharity
DimnikChimney
Božična VoščilnicaChristmas Card
ZvončkiBells
PriklonBow
ŠkatlaBox
KoledovanjeCaroling
Božična JelkaChristmas Tree
RojstvoBirth
SvečaCandle
Stojalo Za Božično DrevoChristmas Tree Stand
BožičChristmas
BlizzardBlizzard
Candy CaneCandy Cane
KapaCap
PesmiCarols
SlovesnostCeremony
ŠkornjiBoots
KarticaCard
JasliCreche
Jajčni NogEggnog
ZimzelenaEvergreen
Božični PraznikiChristmastide
25. DecemberDecember 25
ElfElf
IzmenjavaExchange
JabolčnikCider
OkrasiteDecorate
ViliniElves
DružinaFamily
PremogCoal
OkraskiDecorations
EvaEve
HladnoCold
ZaslonDisplay
PrazničnoFestive
DrvaFirewood
PiškotekCookie
FrankincenseFrankincense
Sadna TortaFruitcake
OgenjFire
GarlandGarland
Gingerbread HouseGingerbread House
Družinsko SrečanjeFamily Reunion
FrostyFrosty
DariloGift
BožičekFather Christmas
Gingerbread WomanGingerbread Woman
ObdarovanjeGift-Giving
MedenjakiGingerbread
MedenjakGingerbread Man
PojedinaFeast
KaminFireplace
Frosty SnežakFrosty The Snowman
Gingerbread WomanGingerbread Woman
Feliz NavidadFeliz Navidad
DajGive
SrečenHappy
FestivalFestival
UpamHope
PozdraviGreetings
ObjemHug
GostGuest
ZlatoGold
LedenoIcy
DrsalkeIce Skates
PozdraviGreetings
IvyIvy
Vroč JabolčnikHot Cider
ZelenaGreen
IcicleIcicle
PočitniceHoliday
GosGoose
Joyeux NoelJoyeux Noel
VeseloJoyful
Dobre VoljeGoodwill
KrampusKrampus
Kris KringleKris Kringle
HollyHolly
SeznamList
Vroča ČokoladaHot Chocolate
LjubezenLove
JasliManger
Jack FrostJack Frost
DnevnikLog
VeseloMerry
JezusJesus
LučiLights
KraljiKings
Jingle BellsJingle Bells
OmelaMistletoe
Mleto PitaMince Pie
Vesel BožičMerry Christmas
JollyJolly
MiroMyrrh
NippyNippy
VeseljeJoy
NoelNoel
PriložnostOccasion
TekmovanjePageant
RokaviceMittens
PitaPie
PaketPackage
Slivov PudingPlum Pudding
Božična ZvezdaPoinsettia
JasliceNativity
Severni PolNorth Pole
OkraskiOrnaments
Vrvica Za KokicePopcorn String
NavihanaNaughty
PrejetiReceive
HrestačNutcracker
LepoNice
RdečaRed
Ponovno SrečanjeReunion
ParadaParade
TrakRibbon
JerebicaPartridge
Severni JeleniReindeer
RudolphRudolph
ProdajaSales
ZabavaParty
Božičkov SeznamSanta’s List
BožičekSanta Claus
ŠalScarf
Pine TreePine Tree
ScroogeScrooge
Veselite SeRejoice
PineconePinecone
SezonaSeason
VoščilniceSeason’s Greetings
DarilaPresents
NakupovanjeShopping
RitualRitual
SkateSkate
SaniSleigh
SnegSnow
Sveti NikolajSaint Nicholas
SankiSled
SnežinkaSnowflake
DuhSpirit
Božičkovi ViliniSanta’s Elves
Snežna KepaSnowball
ZvezdaStar
Sladkorna SlivaSugarplum
Božičkovi PomočnikiSanta’s Helpers
ZasneženiSnowbound
Sneženi MožSnowman
NogavicaStocking
PuloverSweater
Božičkova DelavnicaSanta’s Workshop
SneženoSnowy
NoviceTidings
ObrezovanjeTrimming
OdvijteUnwrap
WassailWassail
Zvonovi SaniSleigh Bells
SneženjeSnowfall
NogaviceSocks
Sveti NikSt. Nick
Nogavice StufferStocking Stuffer
IzletiTrips
PočitniceVacation
ZimaWinter
ModreciWise Men
BleščicaTinsel
ObiščiteVisit
DelavnicaWorkshop
Zimski ČasWintertime
ŽeljaWish
ZavitiWrap
ToboganToboggan
PuranTurkey
Ovojni PapirWrapping Paper
SkupnostTogetherness
ZimskiWintry
VenecWreath
IgračaToy
ČudežWonder
TradicijaTradition
BožičXmas
YuleYule
DrevoTree
BadnjakYule Log
Božični DanYuletide
Božično DariloChristmas Gift
Božični OkraskiChristmas Decorations
Pravljične LučkeFairy Lights
Adventni VenecAdvent Wreath

Wrapping Up

Slovenian Christmas Greetings

By now, you must wish anyone a merry Christmas in Slovenian and celebrate Christmas like a native Slovenian person. Suppose you liked this blog, then you should check out how to say Happy New Year in Slovenian and Spoken Languages In Slovenia. For more Slovenian lessons, please check out other blogs here on Ling App.

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