“Merry Christmas and Happy New Year” in Various Languages

Christmas is in the air! So while chestnuts are roasting (in an open fire) and Jack Frost’s nipping (at your nose), why not study how to wish everyone a happy holidays in these different languages?

Afrikaans. The problem-plagued continent has caught even the attention of the Hollywood celebrities such as Bono, Angelina Jolie, and Oprah Winfrey. So this Christmas season, share the love and Christmas sprit with the Africans with just a simple greeting: Geseënde Kersfees en 'n gelukkige nuwe jaar! or Geseënde Kersfees en 'n voorspoedige Nuwe jaar! (That’s “Merry Christmas and Happy New Year” to you).

Spanish. We bet you’ll be smitten if Julio Iglesias or Penelope Cruz greets you Feliz Navidad y un prospero Año Nuevo even if you don’t understand a word of it. It wouldn’t hurt if they sing the Christmas song, too . . . Feliz Navidad (pam-pa-ram-pam-pam) . . .Feliz Navidad . . .

French. Want to put a romantic twang in your Christmas greeting? Then say it in French: Joyeux Noël et une bonne annéé. Sweet!

Italian: On Christmas, La Befana (Italy’s good witch version of Santa Claus) only has this to say to you: Il buon Natale ed un anno nuovo Felice!

Here are other Christmas greetings from around the world:

Dutch: Prettige kerstdagen en een Gelukkig NieuwJaar! or Zalig kerstfeest en gelukkig nieuwjaar!

Brazilian: Boas Festas e Feliz Ano Novo

German: Fröhliches Weihnachten und ein Glückliches Neujahr

Norwegian: Lystig Jul og et Glad Nytt År

Chinese (Cantonese): Gun Tso Son Tan'Gung Haw Sun

Chinese (Mandarin): Kung His Hsin Nien bing Chu Shen Tan

Filipino: Maligayang Pasko at Manigong Bagong Taon!

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