Merry Christmas in European Languages


Whether you see it as the most wonderful time of the year or just a nice break from school or work, we all look forward to Christmas. While many of us are excited about the presents, the food and all the fun the season brings with it, it is important to remember that Christmas is also a time that brings people together to celebrate with their friends and families.

With this in mind, people often try to find ways of spreading the Christmas cheer to brighten up the days of those around them. One of the simplest ways of doing this is to wish them a merry Christmas.

But what if you have friends abroad or want to send a message to someone from another country? Check out the map below to find out how to say ‘Merry Christmas’ in European languages and then you’ll be able to wish your international friends well during the Christmas season.

Merry Christmas in European Languages


We hope you enjoyed this post. For more information you can go to and see the linguistic origins of some of these festive greetings.

We hope you have a fantastic festive season. Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!



  •, Merry Christmas in European Languages. Available here [accessed on 14/12/17].

Written by

Liam Kennedy – Schuman Trainee at the Terminology Coordination Unit of the European Parliament. Graduate of Journalism with a Language (French) at Dublin Institute of Technology. Completed a Masters in Translation Studies at University College Cork.