How to say Merry Christmas around the world

If you are away from home this Christmas, I can’t think of a nicer way to convey compliments of the season to persons you meet during your stay than by saying “Merry Christmas” in a language they will understand. Christmas tree decoration

For this post, I chose the main languages of the countries I have visited so far.

Argentina, Colombia, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Spain and The Dominican Republic: Feliz Navidad

Brazil: Feliz Natal

Egypt: Mboni Chrismen

France and St. Maarten: Joyeux Noël

Holland: Vrolijk Kerstfeest

Hong Kong:  Seng Dan Fai Lok

Italy: Buon Natale

Mainland China: Sheng Dan Kuai Le

South Africa: Geseënde Kersfees (Zulu)

Switzerland : God Jul

And for Bahamas, Barbados, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Cayman Islands, Dubai, England, Scotland, St Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks and Caicos and mainland USA it’s the tried and true…MERRY CHRISTMAS.

In my home country, Jamaica, we also say Merry Christmas, but for an extra special old-time greeting we inject more feeling into the wishes with ” Have a Boonoonoonoos Christmas!”

Here’s an audio guide to help you with your pronunciation of some of these cheerful phrases and more.

Enjoy the holidays!