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Merry Christmas in 17 languages

Sunday, December 24, 2017

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Saying 'Merry Christmas' in your own language is so 19th century. The greeting itself is said to have originated in 1699 when an English admiral used it in an informal letter. The phrase then appeared in Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol in 1843, and we don't have to tell you that it has rapidly grown in popularity since then.

Add to your celebration this year by pulling some of these out of your recently updated lexicon.

Fröhe Weihnachten

— German

Joyeux Noël! (Merry Christmas)

Bonnes fêtes! (Happy Holidays) — French

Shèngdàn jié kuàilè

— Simplified Chinese

¡Feliz Navidad! (Merry Christmas)

¡Felices fiestas! (Happy holidays) — Spanish

eid milad saeid

— Arabic

Vrolijk kerstfeest

— Dutch

Geseënde Kersfees


Eftihismena Christougenna! — Greek

Sretan Bozic! — Croatian

Crciun Fericit!

— Romanian (Romania, Moldova)

Sung Tan Chuk Ha!

— Korean

Chuc Mung Giang Sinh!

— Vietnamese

Glaedelig Jul!

— Danish (Denmark)

Rôômsaid Jôule!

— Estonian (Estonia)

Gleðileg jól! — Icelandic

God Jul or Gledelig Jul

— Norwegian

Feliz Natal or Boas Festas

— Portuguese




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