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Christmas Greetings in Other Languages

Merry Christmas Feliz Navidad in Mixed Languages Afghan Throw Blanket - click for detailsMaybe your grand- parents hail from Italy, or your best friend’s family is from France, or your new son-in-law is Spanish. Whatever the connection, it is easy to add a special personal touch to your holiday cards to them by using a greeting in their language. Here are a few Christmas greetings in other languages to get you started.

Merry Christmas in Italian is Buon Natale.

Merry Christmas in French is Joyeux Noël.

Merry Christmas in Spanish is Feliz Navidad.

Merry Christmas in German is Frohe Weihnachten.

Merry Christmas in Portuguese is Feliz Natal.

Merry Christmas in Russian is С Рождесtвом. This one is slightly trickier because it’s in Cyrilic, of course, but in this phrase only two letters differ from the alphabet you’re used to. Even if you mangle those two letters (which are pronounced zheh and deh, respectively, so you know), your Russian-speaking comrade will understand what you were trying to write and appreciate the gesture.

If you’re really feeling brave, you can learn how to say these greetings out loud and express your holiday wishes in their language the next time you meet.

The Russian phrase may be the most difficult. While only two of the letters differ from the Roman alphabet you know in written form, two additional letters are pronounced differently. For instance, that letter that looks exacly the same as ‘P’ is pronounced like an ‘R’. The spoken phrase sounds like this, with the stress on the syllable in all caps: s rah-zh-dee-st-VOHM