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Christmas and New Year's Greetings

4 years ago
It's the holiday season, and many of you might be travelling to English speaking countries to celebrate (if you celebrate), and that means you might be wondering how and what to say during this occasion. Look no further. Below you will find some great phrases to memorize to help you out!

The simplest Christmas greeting is:
Merry Christmas

Another popular standard greeting is:
Happy Christmas and a Happy New Year

“Merry” and “happy” have slightly different meanings. “Merry” means happy, but in a joyful and festive way. We don’t use the word very often, except in Christmas greetings, but it may be used to describe any traditional occasion involving food and drink, music and dancing.

There are numerous variations on this greeting. For example:
Merry Christmas and Best Wishes for a Happy New Year
Merry Christmas and all the best in the New Year (less formal)

Generic greetings which are suitable in a multi-faith context are:
Season’s Greetings
Holiday Greetings
Happy Holidays

They may be modified as follows:
Season’s Greetings and best wishes for the New Year
Holiday Greetings with all good wishes for the New Year
Season’s Greetings from all of us at [name of company]

There is any number of more complex greetings. Here’s a sample of some that would be suitable in a business context:
Best wishes for a happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year
Greetings of the Season and Best Wishes for the New Year
Warmest thoughts and best wishes for a wonderful Holiday and a Happy New Year
Wishing you every happiness this Holiday Season and throughout the coming year

More specific greetings – thanks:
With thanks for our fruitful cooperation during the past year, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and look forward to continuing our joint success in the New Year

Good luck learning your new phrases!