How do you say happy holidays in german?

The literal translation of "Happy holidays!" / "Season's Greetings!" in German is "Frohe Festtage!"

Suggestions for what to write in a German Christmas card:

  • "Merry Christmas!" is "Fröhliche Weihnachten!"
    "I wish you a Merry Christmas!" is "Ich wünsche dir ein gesegnetes Weihnachtsfest!"
    "I wish you a blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year!" is "Ich wünsche dir gesegnete Weihnachten und ein Glückliches Neues Jahr!"
    "Best Christmas greetings!" is "Herzliche Weihnachtsgrüße!"
    "A joyful Christmas (festival) and best wishes for the New Year" is "Ein frohes Weihnachtsfest und alles Gute zum neuen Jahr!"

In many German-speaking regions Santa Claus is known as der Weihnachtsmann (literally, "the Christmas man"). He brings presents to children on Christmas Eve. In other regions people believe that it is the Christ Child (das Christkind), an angel messenger who brings them instead.

Holiday news from Germany, a survey revealed that residents of the country plan to increase their gift budget by 7% this year. Department-store retailers are luring in shoppers with giant talking teddy bears that read stories and free baking activities to entertain children while their parents shop.

"A Merry and Reflective / Thoughtful Christmas!" is "Ein frohes und besinnliches Weihnachtsfest!"

Updated on Tuesday, December 11 2012 at 08:20PM EST
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