Christmas greetings from the four corners of Europe

Christmas greetingsAs a linguist, I’m always fascinated by how people in other countries use completely different words to effectively say the same thing.

For this week’s blog post, I’ve therefore rounded up the many versions of Merry Christmas, Happy Christmas or Season’s Greetings that will be seen and heard around Europe over the festive period.

You’ve probably missed the recommended last posting date for all of these countries in terms of sending Christmas cards, but you might still like to impress family, friends or colleagues by using one of these Christmas greetings in an email or social media update.

Christmas greetings by language

Bosnian Cestit Bozic
Croatian Sretan Bozic
Czech Vesele Vanoce
Danish Glædelig Jul
Dutch Prettige Kerstfeest / Vrolijk Kerstfeest
Esperanto Gajan Kristnaskon
Finnish Hyvää Joulua
Flemish Zalig Kerstfeest
French Joyeux Noël
German Frohe Weihnachten / Fröhliche Weihnachten
Greek Kala Christouyenna
Hungarian Kellemes karácsonyi ünnepeket
Icelandic Gledileg Jol
Irish (Gaelic) Nollaig Shona Dhuit
Italian Buon Natale
Lithuanian Linksmu Kaledu
Norwegian God Jul / Glædelig Jul
Polish Wesołych Swiat Bozego Narodzenia
Portuguese Boas Festas / Feliz Natal
Romanian Crặciun Fericit
Serbian Hristos se rodi
Slovakian Vesele Vianoce
Slovenian Vesel Bozic
Spanish Feliz Navidad
Scottish Blithe Yule
Swedish God Jul
Turkish Mutlu Noeller
Ukranian Veseloho Vam Rizdva
Welsh Nadolig Llawen

Bonus greeting: If you’re taking the kids to see Father Christmas in Lapland, the one you’ll need to learn is Buorrit Juovllat!

Disclaimer: Apologies if there are any errors in this list of Christmas greetings. I compiled it from several online sources – aiming for as much consistency as possible – so hopefully they’re accurate! It’s also not meant to be a definitive list, but if I’ve made a glaring mistake or missed your country out, do please let me know in the comments.

Meanwhile, I’d like to wish you all a very MERRY CHRISTMAS and a Happy New Year!

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8 comments on “Christmas greetings from the four corners of Europe
  1. Caroline Barry says:

    The Hungarian and Polish greetings look a bit of a mouthful :0

  2. Tania Grechanyk says:

    I will do my best!

  3. Tania Grechanyk says:

    Not in the least! It is just one more variation, there are several of them. Yours is absolutely accurate and fine! Thanks again. I adore your brilliant blogs.

  4. Tania Grechanyk says:

    Thank you for this splendid blog, Geraldine. I wish you a very spiffing Christmas! And… Z Rizdvom Christovym!

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