In “A Season of Sharing,” we talk about how to spread the holiday spirit through more than just gift-giving. Exploring old traditions, creating new ones with family and friends, and learning how to express holiday greetings in different languages can help us all share a little more this year.

Merry Christmas, Joyeux Noël, and Blythe Yule to you and yours! We at Harry & David love the holidays so much, we want to shout greetings from the rooftops — and we just did in English, French, and Scottish, respectively.

We hope you’ll join us (wrapped in an ugly Christmas sweater sipping hot cocoa or eating a sweet and juicy festive pear) this season, too. Whether you’re traveling during the holidays or staying home, learning how to say “Merry Christmas” in different languages is fun for the whole family.

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The origin of “Merry Christmas”

The greeting “Merry Christmas” is simple, but its history is anything but. The first documented use of this festive phrase came in 1534, when bishop John Fisher sent a letter to Henry VIII’s chief minister, Thomas Cromwell and signed off with a “Merry Christmas”. Around the same time, the popular carol “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” was making itself known around the English countryside. The greeting gained more followers after the publication of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol in 1843 — the same year “Merry Christmas” first appeared on a commercially sold Christmas card.

merry christmas in different languages image - mother and daughter decorate a blue and white christmas tree together.

Although “Merry Christmas” has its origins in England, you won’t hear many Brits using those exact words today. Queen Elizabeth II opted for “Happy Christmas” during her first Christmas broadcast in 1952. “Happy” took on the connotation of being higher class than “merry,” which came to be associated with the rowdy lower class. The phrase spread across the U.K. and remains the preferred greeting during the holiday season.

Whatever your traditional holiday greeting is, it’s always fun to learn how to share festive cheer in other languages. Explore the world with us as we learn how to say “Merry Christmas” in Croatian, Hawaiian, Swedish, and many more!

How to say Merry Christmas in 45 different languages

In Albanian, Gëzuar Krishtlindjet

In Belarusian, Z Kaliadami

In Catalan, Bon Nadal

In Cornish (England), Nadelik Lowen

In Croatian, Sretan Boži?

In Czech, Veselé Vánoce

In Danish, Glædelig Jul

In Dutch, Vrolijk Kerstfeest

In Estonian, Häid Jõule

In Faroese, Gleðilig jól

In Finnish, Hyvää joulua

In French, Joyeux Noël

In German, Frohe Weihnachten

In Greenlandic, Juullimi Pilluarit

In Hawaiian, Mele Kalikimaka

In Hungarian, Boldog karácsonyt

In Icelandic, Gleðileg jól

In Irish Gaelic, Nollaig Shona

In Italian, Buon Natale

In Latvian, Priec?gus Ziemassv?tkus

In Lithuanian, Linksm? Kal?d?

In Luxembourgish, Schéi Chrëschtdeeg

In Macedonian, Streken Bozhik

In Manx (Isle of Man), Nollick Ghennal

In Polish, Weso?ych ?wi?t Bo?ego Narodzenia

In Portuguese, Feliz Natal

In Sami (spoken in parts of Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Russia), Buorit Juovllat

In Scottish Gaelic, Nollaig Chridheil

In Scots, Blythe Yule

In Slovak, Veselé Vianoce

In Slovenian, Vesel Boži?

In Spanish, Feliz Navidad

In Swedish, God Jul

In Swiss German, Schöni Wiehnachte

In Romanian, Cr?ciun fericit

In Romansh (Switzerland), Bellas festas da Nadal

In Serbian, Sre?an Boži?

In Turkish, Mutlu Noeller

In Walloon (Belgian), djoyeus Noyé

In Welsh, Nadolig Llawen

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How to say Merry Christmas in sci-fi and fantasy languages

In Klingon (Star Trek), toDwI’ma’ qoS yItIvqu’ (Our Savior’s birthday you-enjoy!)

In Mando’a (Star Wars: The Mandalorian), Briikase Oya’tuur

In Quenya (The Lord of the Rings), Alassë a Hristomerendë (Joyous Feast of Christ)

In Sindarin (The Lord of the Rings), Mereth Veren e-Doled Eruion (Joyous Feast of the Coming of the Son of God)

In Dothraki (Game of ThronesZalak Vitteyqoyi Davra (We Wish You a Merry Christmas)


Autumn Micketti is a graduate of Southern Oregon University where she studied Communication with a focus on social media and public engagement with a minor in English. When she's not writing about Oregold® Peaches, you can find her exploring mountains, listening to the latest album release of her current musical obsession, or spending time with her extended family.

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