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Χριστούγεννα
(Hristouyena)

(Christmas)

 

 

This page contains a translation into English of the lyrics to the popular Greek song "Hristouyena" (Χριστούγεννα), which was sung by Despina Vandi. Sometimes this song title is spelled as "Christogenna". Also included is a pronunciation guide for the Greek lyrics so you can sing along if you like.

Song lyrics are provided for educational purposes. If you like the song, please purchase either the album or a download from an authorized source.

About this Song

Despite this song being so old, in Greece it has become a national anthem of Christmas songs. Very few newer Christmas songs have become as major a hit as this one. It's one of my favorites. "Hristouyena" is composed of the Greek words "Hristou" (Christ) and "Yena" (Birth).

About Despina Vandi

Despina Vandi (birth name Δέσποινα Μαλέα) was born in Germany in 1969 to Pontian (Anatolian) Greek parents. (Pontus was a region of Turkey on the southern coast of the Black Sea populated by Greeks. Pontian people suffered from genocide policies of the Ataturk government after World War 1, and many fled Turkey as refugees.)

Vandi's family moved back to Greece when she was a child. She launched her singing career in Athens in the mid-1990's. In 2000, she released the single "Ipofero", which became the best-selling single of all time in Greece. She has won numerous awards, and today is known as the "queen of Greek music".

Despina Vandi

About Fivos (Phivos, Phoebus)

Fivos is the stage name for Evangelos-Phoebus Tassopoulos (Ευάγγελος Τασσόπουλος), the prominent Greek songwriter who wrote the music and lyrics for this song. His name is sometimes written as "Phivos" or "Phoebus". He is one of the most successful Greek songwriters of the 1990's and early 2000's.

Fivos was born in 1971. During his school years, he drummed in a band. He started writing songs while studying music at a conservatory, and signed his first contract with a record label at age 22. Over the next 10 years, his songs enjoyed spectacular success in Greece and Cyprus. He began to gain international recognition starting in 2001. In 2004, he signed a deal with Coca Cola to write the music that would be featured in Coca Cola's ads as part of their Olympics sponsorship, and in 2005 he created a new anthem for the Athens football team.

Song: Hristouyena (Christmas), 2001

Lyrics: Fivos

Music: Fivos

Original Artist: Despina Vandi

Album: Yia

Τραγούδι: Χριστούγεννα, 2001

Στίχοι: Φοίβος

Μουσική: Φοίβος

Πρώτη Εκτέλεση: Δέσποινα Βανδή

Άλμπουμ: Γειά

 

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Lyrics

Numbers in parentheses refer to footnotes that appear at the bottom of the translation.

Greek Lyrics

Pronunciation

English Translation

Καρδιά μου kardia mou My heart,
από Δευτέρα, σε Δευτέρα apo deftera, se deftera from Monday to Monday,
μήνες τώρα νύχτα μέρα mines tora nihta mera months now, night and day
σε σκέφτομαι se skeftome I think of you
και πάω να τρελαθώ ke pao na trelatho and I'm about to go crazy.
καρδιά μου ο χρόνος kardia mou o hronos My heart, the time
σαν νεράκι τρέχει san neraki trehi flows like water.
πίσω γυρισμό δεν έχει piso yirizmo den ehi No turning back,
κaι ότι ζούμε ke oti zoume and whatever we live
είναι μοναδικό ine monadiko is one of a kind.
     
Για αυτό και μην αργείς ya afto ke min aryis So for this reason, don't be late.
έλα αμέσως κοντά μου ela amesos konda mou Come to me immediately,
κaι άλλο μόνη μη' μ' αφήνεις καρδιά μου ke allo moni mi' m' afinis kardia mou and don't leave me alone [any more], my heart.
     
Ου ου Ou ou Ou ou
Ου ου Ou ou Ou ou
Ου ου Ou ou Ou ou
     
Χριστούγεννα Hristouyena Christmas —
όπου να 'ναι φτάνουν opou na 'ne ftanoun it's coming any moment now,
και τα κλάματα με πιάνουν ke ta klamata me pianoun and I'm crying
που δεν μπορώ, μαζί σου vα 'μαι εγώ pou den boro, mazi sou na 'me ego because I can't be with you.
     
Βλέπω τον Αϊ-Βασίλη vlepo ton Ay Vasili I see Santa Claus
να μου χαμογελάει na mou hamoyelai smiling at me.
κaι η έλλειψη σου ke ee elipsi sou and without you (1)
δυο φορές με πονάει dio fores me ponai it hurts me twice as much (2)
     
Χριστούγεννα ήρθαν πάλι Hristouyena irthan pali Christmas came again,
μα είσαι πάλι ma ise pali but you are again
μακριά μου makria mou away from me.
αχ και να σε είχα εδώ μωρό μου ah ke na se iha edo moro mou Oh, and to have had you here my baby,
στο πλευρό μου sto plevro by my side,
αγκαλιά μου agalia mou in my arms.
ναι Χριστούγεννα ήρθαν πάλι ne Hristouyena irthan pali Yes, Christmas came again,
μα είσαι πάλι ma ise pali but you are again
μακριά μου makria mou away from me.
μόνο εσένα έχω μωρό μου mono esena eho moro mou I have only you, my baby,
στο μυαλό μου sto mialo mou in my mind,
στη' καρδιά μου sti' kardia mou in my heart.
     
Xριστούγεννα, Χριστούγεννα hristouyena, hristouyena Christmas, Christmas
ευτυχισμένα eftihismena joyful
δε' γίνονται, δε' γίνονται de' yinonde, de' yinonde, is not possible, is not possible
χωρίς εσένα horis esena without you.
Xριστούγεννα, Χριστούγεννα hristouyena, hristouyena Christmas, Christmas
ευτυχισμένα eftihismena joyful
δε' γίνονται, καρδούλα μου de' yinonde, kardoula mou is not possible, my heart
χωρίς εσένα horis esena without you.
     
Ου ου Ou ou Ou ou
Ου ου Ou ou Ou ou
Ου ου Ou ou Ou ou
Ου ου Ou ou Ou ou
     
Γυρνάω στους δρόμους yirnao stous dromous I'm wandering the streets
μόνη και χαζεύω moni ke hazevo alone, and I'm looking around,
βλέπω ανθρώπους vlepo anthropous looking at people,
και ζηλεύω ke zilevo and I'm jealous.
που φαίνονται pou fenonde [Couples] who seem
γεμάτοι από χαρά yemati apo hara full of joy,
πιασμένα χέρι χέρι ζευγαράκια piasemeni heri heri zevgarakia hand in hand couples
καθισμένα σε παγκάκια kathismena se pagakia sitting on the benches.
πονάει πολύ ponai poli It hurts a lot,
απόψε η μοναξιά apopse ee monaxia tonight, the loneliness.
     
Βλέπω τον Αϊ-Βασίλη vlepo ton Ay Vasili I see Santa Claus
να μου χαμογελάει na mou hamoyelai smiling at me.
κaι η έλλειψη σου ke ee elipsi sou and without you (1)
δυο φορές με πονάει dio fores me ponai it hurts me twice as much (2)
     
Χριστούγεννα ήρθαν πάλι Hristouyena irthan pali Christmas came again,
μα είσαι πάλι ma ise pali but you are again
μακριά μου makria mou away from me.
αχ και να σε είχα εδώ μωρό μου ah ke na se iha edo moro mou Oh, and to have had you here my baby,
στο πλευρό μου sto plevro by my side,
αγκαλιά μου agalia mou in my arms.
ναι Χριστούγεννα ήρθαν πάλι ne Hristouyena irthan pali Yes, Christmas came again,
μα είσαι πάλι ma ise pali but you are again
μακριά μου makria mou away from me.
μόνο εσένα έχω μωρό μου mono esena eho moro mou I have only you, my baby,
στο μυαλό μου sto mialo mou in my mind,
στη' καρδιά μου sti' kardia mou in my heart.
     
Xριστούγεννα, Χριστούγεννα hristouyena, hristouyena Christmas, Christmas
ευτυχισμένα eftihismena joyful
δε' γίνονται, δε' γίνονται de' yinonde, de' yinonde, is not possible, is not possible
χωρίς εσένα horis esena without you.
Xριστούγεννα, Χριστούγεννα hristouyena, hristouyena Christmas, Christmas
ευτυχισμένα eftihismena joyful
δε' γίνονται, καρδούλα μου de' yinonde, kardoula mou is not possible, my heart
χωρίς εσένα horis esena without you.
     

Instrumental

Instrumental

Instrumental

     
Βλέπω τον Αϊ-Βασίλη vlepo ton Ay Vasili I see Santa Claus
να μου χαμογελάει na mou hamoyelai smiling at me.
κaι η έλλειψη σου ke ee elipsi sou and without you (1)
δυο φορές με πονάει dio fores me ponai it hurts me twice as much (2)
     
Χριστούγεννα ήρθαν πάλι Hristouyena irthan pali Christmas came again,
μα είσαι πάλι ma ise pali but you are again
μακριά μου makria mou away from me.
αχ και να σε είχα εδώ μωρό μου ah ke na se iha edo moro mou Oh, and to have had you here my baby,
στο πλευρό μου sto plevro by my side,
αγκαλιά μου agalia mou in my arms.
ναι Χριστούγεννα ήρθαν πάλι ne Hristouyena irthan pali Yes, Christmas came again,
μα είσαι πάλι ma ise pali but you are again
μακριά μου makria mou away from me.
μόνο εσένα έχω μωρό μου mono esena eho moro mou I have only you, my baby,
στο μυαλό μου sto mialo mou in my mind,
στη' καρδιά μου sti' kardia mou in my heart.
     
Xριστούγεννα, Χριστούγεννα hristouyena, hristouyena Christmas, Christmas,
ευτυχισμένα eftihismena joyful
δε' γίνονται, δε' γίνονται de' yinonde, de' yinonde, is not possible, is not possible.
     
Xριστούγεννα, Χριστούγεννα hristouyena, hristouyena Christmas, Christmas,
ευτυχισμένα eftihismena joyful
δε' γίνονται, δε' γίνονται de' yinonde, kardoula mou is not possible, my heart
χωρίς εσένα horis esena without you.
     
Xριστούγεννα, Χριστούγεννα hristouyena, hristouyena Christmas, Christmas,
ευτυχισμένα eftihismena joyful
δε' γίνονται, δε' γίνονται de' yinonde, de' yinonde, is not possible, is not possible
χωρίς εσένα horis esena without you.
     
Χριστούγεννα ήρθαν πάλι Hristouyena irthan pali Christmas came again,
μα είσαι πάλι ma ise pali but you are again
μακριά μου makria mou away from me.
να σε είχα εδώ μωρό μου na se iha edo moro mou To have had you here, my baby,
στο πλευρό μου sto plevro by my side,
αγκαλιά μου agalia mou in my arms.
Χριστούγεννα ήρθαν πάλι Hristouyena irthan pali Christmas came again,
μα είσαι πάλι ma ise pali but you are again
μακριά μου makria mou away from me
να σε είχα εδώ μωρό μου na se iha edo moro mou To have had you here, my baby,
στο πλευρό μου sto plevro mou by my side,
αγκαλιά μου agalia mou in my arms.
  1. Literally, "the lack of you".
  2. Literally, "two times is hurting me", meaning it hurts doubly.

 

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Translations of Despina Vandi's Songs On This Site

Other translations of songs performed by Despina Vandi on this web site include:

 

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About the Translator

This page was contributed by Panayiota Bakis Mohieddin, who is happy to share her culture and music she grew up with! Here's how Panayiota describes her background:

I always love engaging with intelligent like-minded people, especially artists. I love sharing anything and everything about my Hellenic culture and upbringing, especially music and dance. A conversation with me will bring you back to America's favorite Greek-American movie by Nia Vardalos called My Big Fat Greek Wedding.

I love investigating Greek culture, history, music, and dance. Speaking of investigating, I think I missed my calling, I probably should have been an investigator. Instead, I use those skills to dig and dig and dig tirelessly, often times falling asleep on my laptop... just to find the truth. But, most importantly, accurate truth. For me personally, and other respectable folklorists, my culture and accuracy are very important. Each generation of ethnic born artists has a duty to do the best it can to pass down our traditions as was taught to us. We have been given this artistic gift to be the gatekeepers of our heritage and culture.

Panayiota

 

 

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