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Καλά Χριστούγεννα
(Kala Hristouyena)

(Merry Christmas)

 

 

This page contains a translation into English of the lyrics to the popular Greek song "Kala Hristouyena" (Καλά Χριστούγεννα), which was sung by Anna Vissi. Sometimes the song title is spelled as "Kala 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 Anna Vissi

Anna Vissi is a very famous Greek Cypriot singer, songwriter, actress, television presenter, and radio personality. Her big breakthrough came in 1977 when she won the Thessaloniki Song Festival with "As Kanoume Apopse Mian Arhi". She was married to Nikos Karvelas (the composer/lyricist for this song) from 1983 to 1992, and they have a child together. Her biggest commercial success has been the album Fotia, released in 1989, and her signature song is "Dodeka".

Vissi has released over two dozen albums and starred in theatrical productions. She has won 6 Arion Music Awards, 15 Pop Corn Music Awards, and 9 MAD Video Music Awards.

About Nikos Karvelas

Nikos Karvelas was born in 1951 in Piraeus, Greece, with the birth name of Nikos Leonardos. He is a singer, songwriter, and producer. He is best known for his work with Anna Vissi, who collaborated with him on music and also was married to him for a decade. Vissi has claimed that the first impression she had when she met Karvelas was that he was a "hairy thing," but she was amazed by his talent and his sex appeal. Although their marriage ended in divorce, they continued to collaborate as artists, and he wrote the lyrics for most of her songs in the years that followed.

Karvelas' relationship with music began at age 5, when his parents bought him a piano. He learned to play popular music, and also to create his own. In the 1970's he created his first band. However, he didn't achieve commercial success until 1985 when he released his first studio album, which became gold. His next album, released in 1987, achieved platinum status. He went on to release a total of 19 albums, which included 4 gold and 2 platinum.

Song: Kala Hristouyena (Merry Christmas), 2012

Lyrics: Nikos Karvelas

Music: Nikos Karvelas

Original Artist: Anna Vissi

Dance Style: Hasapiko

Album: Kala Hristouyena (single)

Τραγούδι: Καλά Χριστούγεννα, 2012

Στίχοι: Νίκος Καρβέλας

Μουσική: Νίκος Καρβέλας

Πρώτη Εκτέλεση: Άννα Βίσση

Χορός: Χασάπικο

Άλμπουμ: Καλά Χριστούγεννα (single)

 

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Lyrics

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

Greek Lyrics

Pronunciation

English Translation

Με συγκλονίζει πάντα ο τρόπος

me siglonizi panda o tropos It always shocks me, the way
που θυμάσαι pou thimase that you remember
να μου δείξεις na mou dixis to show me
ότι μ' αγαπάς oti m' agapas that you love me.
ούτε η ζάχαρη oute ee zahari Not even sugar
δεν έχει από τη' γλύκα den ehi apo ti' glika has the sweetness
τη' δική σου ti' diki sou of yours
όταν με φιλάς otan me filas when you kiss me.
     
Πάντα μ' αγάπες panda m' agapes Always with love
και λουλούδια εμφανίζεσαι ke louloudia emfanizes and flowers, you show up.
μένεις για λίγο menis ya ligo You stay for a little [while],
και μετά εξαφανίζεσαι ke meta exafanizese and afterward you disappear.
     
Αυτή η αγάπη σου afti ee agapi sou This love of yours
είναι όπως τα Χριστούγεννα ine opos ta Hristouyenna is like Christmas —
το χρόνο μια φορά to hrono mia fora once a year.
     
Ένα ατέλειωτο αντίο ena atelioto andio An endless goodbye
που όλο φεύγει και γυρίζει pou olo fevgi ke yirizi that is always leaving and returning.
ένα ατέλειωτο αντίο ena atelioto andio An endless goodbye
που Χριστούγεννα θυμίζει pou Hristouyenna thimizi that reminds [me] of Christmas
     

Chorus

Chorus

Chorus

Καλά Χριστούγεννα, λοιπόν kala Hristouyena, lipon Well, merry Christmas,
καλά Χριστούγεννα kala Hristouyena merry Christmas,
καλά Χριστούγεννα και φέτος kala Hristouyena ke fetos merry Christmas and this year.
ακόμη μια φορά akomi mia fora For one more time,
να 'σαι καλά na 'se kala may you be well.
     
Με συγκλονίζουν me siglonizoun It shocks me,
οι αλήθειες που μου λες ee alithies pou mou les the truths you tell me,
άσχετα αν ξέρεις asheta an xeris regardless of whether you know
ότι με πονάς oti me ponas that you are hurting me.
Έχεις τον τρόπο ehis ton tropo You have the ability
να με κάνεις ότι θες na me kanis oti thes to do whatever you want to me —
να μ' αγοράζεις na m' agorazis to buy me,
και να με πουλάς ke na me poulas and to sell me.
     
Πάντα μ' αγάπες panda m' agapes Always with love
και λουλούδια εμφανίζεσαι ke louloudia emfanizes and flowers, you show up.
μένεις για λίγο menis ya ligo You stay for a little [while],
και μετά εξαφανίζεσαι ke meta exafanizese and afterward you disappear.
     
Αυτή η αγάπη σου afti ee agapi sou This love of yours
είναι όπως τα Χριστούγεννα ine opos ta Hristouyenna is like Christmas —
το χρόνο μια φορά to hrono mia fora once a year.
     
Ένα ατέλειωτο αντίο ena atelioto andio An endless goodbye
που όλο φεύγει και γυρίζει pou olo fevgi ke yirizi that is always leaving and returning.
ένα ατέλειωτο αντίο ena atelioto andio An endless goodbye
που Χριστούγεννα θυμίζει pou Hristouyenna thimizi that reminds [me] of Christmas
     

Chorus

Chorus

Chorus

Καλά Χριστούγεννα, λοιπόν kala Hristouyena, lipon Well, merry Christmas,
καλά Χριστούγεννα kala Hristouyena merry Christmas,
καλά Χριστούγεννα και φέτος kala Hristouyena ke fetos merry Christmas and this year.
ακόμη μια φορά akomi mia fora For one more time,
να 'σαι καλά na 'se kala may you be well.
     

Chorus

Chorus

Chorus

Καλά Χριστούγεννα, λοιπόν kala Hristouyena, lipon Well, merry Christmas,
καλά Χριστούγεννα kala Hristouyena merry Christmas,
καλά Χριστούγεννα και φέτος kala Hristouyena ke fetos merry Christmas and this year.
ακόμη μια φορά akomi mia fora For one more time,
να 'σαι καλά na 'se kala may you be well.

 

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Translations of
Anna Vissi's Songs On This Site

Translations on this web site of songs performed by Anna Vissi 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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