Almost Christmas! Are you looking for ways to say merry Christmas and wish a happy new year to your friends and relatives?
In that case, keep reading till the end as you will learn how to say merry Christmas in French, happy holidays, season's greetings, decoration items names, and more.
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1. How do you say merry Christmas in French?
To wish merry or happy Christmas in French we simply say Joyeux Noël. Another variant is Bonne fête de Noël.
If you want to be a bit more formal, you can use the verb souhaiter which means to wish. In that case you should say :
Je te souhaite un joyeux Noël;
Je vous souhaite un joyeux Noël.
Depending on your relationship with the person you are talking to, you could use tu or vous instead. You can find a full explanation of when to use tu or vous here.
2. How to wish happy holidays and season’s greetings in French?
Everybody does not celebrate Christmas. For those people, it would be more convenient to wish them happy holidays. In French, the equivalent expression is Joyeuses fêtes.
You can also say Joyeuses fêtes de fin d’année to mean happy end of year holidays in case you want to be more precise. Bonnes fêtes or Excellentes fêtes can be used as well. A combination with the verb souhaiter is also possible.
« Je vous souhaite de joyeuses fêtes » or « je vous souhaite de bonnes fêtes ».
For the new year's wishes, we generally say meilleurs vœux which can be translated as best wishes.
Other formulations can also be used. For example :
Bonne et heureuse année;
Je te souhaite une bonne et heureuse année;
Tous mes vœux les meilleurs.
3. What to write in your Christmas or season’s greetings card?
Several expressions can be useful when wishing merry Christmas or happy new year. It depends on your inspiration and also on how close you are to the person you are writing to.
Here are some typical sentences you can use in your greeting’s cards.
Nous vous souhaitons une très bonne fête de Noël à toi et à ta famille. => We wish merry Christmas to you and your family.
Recevez nos meilleurs vœux de santé, joie, et prospérité, … => Receive our best wishes of health, joy and prosperity.
Tous mes vœux de bonheur et santé. => All my wishes of happiness and health.
Je te souhaite une excellente année pleine de joie, santé et amour. => I wish you an excellent year full of joy, health and love.
Pour cette nouvelle année, nous te présentons nos meilleurs vœux. => We present to you our best wishes for this new year.
A toi et à tes proches, je vous envoie mes meilleurs vœux de santé, amour, et paix. =>To you and your relatives, i am sending my best wishes of health, love and peace.
Je te souhaite une année riche en belles surprises. => I wish you a year rich in nice surprises.
Une année prospère, paisible et sans Covid-19, voici mes voeux pour vous pour l’année 2021. => A prosperous, peaceful year and Covid-19 free, these are wishes for you for 2023.
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4. French Christmas activities vocabulary
Talking about Christmas involves knowing all the vocabulary about activities around it like giving presents, decorating, and so on.
Below is a list of some activities that people do for Christmas.
Décorer = to decorate
Offrir des cadeaux = to give presents
Recevoir des cadeaux = to receive presents
Déballer les cadeaux = to open the presents
Passer le réveillon de Noël en famille = to spend the Christmas eve with family
Se retrouver en famille = to meet up with family
Aller à la messe = to go to the mass