Global Christmas Greetings

We wait a year to celebrate Christmas. Yet when we plan our celebration, we tend to forget those who serve us unfailingly. We gather around the Christmas tree with friends and family. But we forget to invite those who are alone in this world. This Christmas, bring joy to others with an act of kindness. Use these inspirational Christmas quotes to teach you the real meaning of giving.

Christmas is most truly Christmas when we celebrate it by giving the light of love to those who need it most.

–Ruth Carter Stapleton

  • Afrikaans: Merry Christmas: Gelukkige Kersfees Santa Claus: Cas Fadder
  • Albanian: Merry Christmas: Gezur Krislinjden Santa Claus: Babadimri
  • Arabic: Merry Christmas: Milad Majid, Santa Claus: Baba Noel
  • Armenian: Merry Christmas: Nor Darie Santa Claus: Ghaghant Baba
  • Ashanti: (Ghana) Merry Christmas: Bronya Pa Santa Claus: Santa
  • Azari: (Southern Turkey/Northern Iran) Merry Christmas: Byramus Mobarak Santa Claus: Baba Noel
  • Bangoli: Merry Christmas: Shubo Bardin or Shubo Borodin Santa Claus: Santa
  • Boznian: Merry Christmas: Sretan Bozic or Sretni bozicni praznici Santa Claus: Deda Mraz or Bozic Bata
  • Brazilian: Merry Christmas: Feliz Natal Santa Claus: Papai Noel
  • Bulgarian: Merry Christmas: Tchestita Koleda or Tchestito Rojdestvo Hristovo Santa Claus: Dyado Mraz
  • Burbur: (Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia & Etheopia) Merry Christmas: Amazigh As Guas Amagaz Santa Claus: Santa
  • Catalan (Barcelona): Merry Christmas: Bon Nadal Santa: Papa Noel
  • Chilcotin (First Nations of Central BC) Merry Christmas: Sizi hesdlan Santa Clause: Santa
  • Chinese: (Cantonese) Merry Christmas: Sing Dan Faailok Santa Claus: Sing Dan Lo Yen
  • Chinese: (Mandarin) Merry Christmas: Sheng Dan Kuai Le Santa Claus: Sheng Dan Lo Ren or Sheng Dan La Gong Gong
  • Croatian: Merry Christmas: Sretan Bozic or Sretni bozicni praznici Santa Claus: Sveti Nicola or Bozic Bata
  • Curdish: (Iran) Merry Christmas: Jezhenat Piroz Santa Claus: Baba Noel
  • Czechoslovakian: Vesely Vanoce Santa Claus: Deda Mraz
  • Danish: Merry Christmas: Glædelig Jul Santa Claus: Julemanden
  • Dutch: Merry Christmas: Zalig Kerstfeast Santa Claus: Sinterklaas
  • English: Merry Christmas: Merry Christmas Santa Claus: Santa Claus or Father Christmas
  • Estonian: Merry Christmas: Ruumsaid juulup|hi Santa Claus: Jõuluvana
  • Ethiopian (Amharic): Merry Christmas: Melkin Yelidet Beaal Santa Claus: Santa
  • Farsi: (Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan & Bahrain) Merry Christmas: Christmas Eid Shoma Mobarak Bashad Santa Claus: Baba Noel
  • Finnish: Merry Christmas: Hyvaa joulua Santa Claus: Joulupukki
  • Flemish: (Belgium) Merry Christmas: Vrolijke Kerstmis Santa Claus: Pere Noel, Sinterklaas
  • French: Merry Christmas: Joyeux Noel Santa: Père Noël
  • German: Merry Christmas: Froehliche Weihnachten Santa Claus: Weihnachtsmann or in Southern Germany: Kris Kringle
  • Greek: Merry Christmas: Kala Christouyenna Santa Claus: Agios Nicola
  • Gujarati: (Western India) Merry Christmas: Christmas Ni Subhakamma Santa Claus: Santa
  • Hawaiian: Merry Christmas: Mele Kalikimaka Santa Claus: Kanakaloka
  • Hebrew: Merry Christmas: Mo adim Lesimkha Santa Claus: Santa
  • Hindi: Merry Christmas: Christmas Mobarak or Christmas Shub Kamna Santa Claus: Santa
  • Hungarian: Merry Christmas: Kellemes Karacsonyi unnepeket Santa Claus: Mikulás
  • Icelandic: Merry Christmas: Gledileg Santa Claus: Julemanden
  • Ilacano: (Philippines) Merry Christmas: naragsak nga paskwam Santa Claus: Santa
  • Ilongo: (Philippines) Merry Christmas: Maligayamg Pasko. Santa Claus: Santa
  • Indonesian: (Indonesia, & East Timor) Merry Christmas: Selamat Hari Natal (Bahasa) or Selamat Hari Raya (Muslim) Santa Claus: Santa
  • Ismaili: (parts of Africa & the Middle East) Merry Christmas: Eid Mobarak Santa Claus: Santa
  • Italian: Merry Christmas: Buon Natale Santa Claus: Babbo Natale
  • Japanese: Merry Christmas: Kurisumasu Omedeto Santa Claus: Hoteiosho (a god or priest who bears gifts)
  • Korean: Merry Christmas: Sung Tan Chuk Ha Hap Ni-Da Santa Claus: Santa
  • Lao: Merry Christmas: Souksan Van Christmas Santa Claus: Santa
  • Lebonese: Merry Christmas: Milad Majid, Santa Claus: Baba Noel
  • Lithuanian: Merry Christmas: Linksmu Kaledu Santa Claus: Kaledu Senelis
  • Malaysian (Bahasa): Malaysia, Brunei: Merry Christmas: Selemat Hari Natal Santa Claus: Santa
  • Marathi (Western India, Bombay) Merry Christmas: Shubha Natal Santa Claus: Santa
  • Nepalese: Merry Christmas: Khusi Christmas Santa Claus: Santa
  • Norwegian: Merry Christmas: God Jul Santa Claus: Julenissen
  • Palestinian: Merry Christmas: Kul Seneh Oo Into Salmeen Santa Claus: Santa
  • Polish: Merry Christmas: Wesolych Swiat Santa Claus: Swiety Mikolaj
  • Portuguese: Merry Christmas: Feliz Natal Santa Claus: Pai Natal
  • Punjabi: Merry Christmas: Christmas The Lahk Lahk Vudhai Hove or Christmas Mobarak Santa: Santa
  • Pushtun: (Afganistan, Pakistan) Merry Christmas: Akhter Dey Mobaraksha Santa Claus: Baba Chaghaloo
  • Romanian: (Romania & Moldova) Merry Christmas: Craciun Fericit, Sarbatori Fericite Santa Claus: Mos Craciun
  • Russian: Merry Christmas: Pozdravliay S Rozhdestvom Kristovym Santa Claus: Ded Moroz
  • Serbian: Merry Christmas: Christos se rodi Santa Claus: Deda Mraz, or Bozic Bata
  • Sign Language: Merry Christmas: Both hands over tummy palms in, right hand above the left, tips of fingers overlapping, move both hands up and down once then up and right hand sweeps an arch over head with palm out, Fingers and thumb in “C” shape and left hand returns to original position.
  • Sinhalla: (Sri Lanka) Merry Christmas: Suba Naththalak Wewa Santa Claus: Santa
  • Slovakian: Merry Christmas: Sretan Bozic or Sretni bozicni praznici Santa Claus: Deda Mraz or Bozic Bata
  • Slovak: Merry Christmas: Vesely Vanoche Santa Claus: Deda Mraz
  • Slovene: Merry Christmas: Vesele Bozicne or Vesele Bozicne Praznici Santa Claus: Deda Mraz or Bozic Bata
  • Somali: Merry Christmas: Christmas Karim or Christmas Mobarak Santa Claus: Santa
  • Spanish: Merry Christmas: Feliz Navidad Santa Claus: Papa Noel
  • Swahili: (Kenya Burundi Congo Rwanda) Merry Christmas: Christmas Mukumpia Santa Claus: Santa
  • Swedish: Merry Christmas: God Jul Santa Claus: Jultomten
  • Swiss: Merry Christmas: (bordering Germany) Sch?ni Weinocht? Santa Claus: Kris Kringle
  • Tagalog: (Philippines) Merry Christmas: Maligayamg Pasko. Santa Claus: Santa
  • Tamil (Sri Lanka) Merry Christmas: Natal Santa Claus: Santa
  • Taiwanese: Merry Christmas: Shen Dan Kwai Lo Santa Claus: Sheng Dan Lo Ren
  • Thai: Merry Christmas: Sawadee Pee Mai Santa Claus: Santa
  • Turkish: Merry Christmas: Byram Miniz Mobarak Olsön Santa Claus: Baba Noel
  • Twe: (Ghana) Merry Christmas: Bronya Pa Santa Claus: Santa
  • Ukrainian: Merry Christmas: Christos Rodiosha Santa Claus: Swieti Nicolaj or Djed Mraz
  • Urdu: (Pakistan) Merry Christmas: Christmas Mobarak Santa Claus: Santa
  • Venezuelan: (Spanish) Feliz Navidat Santa Claus: Papa Noel or San Nicholas
  • Vietnamese: Merry Christmas: Choke Mun Noen Santa Claus: Santa
  • Yugoslavian: Merry Christmas: Sretan Bozic or Sretni bozicni praznici Santa Claus: Deda Mraz or Bozic Bata

Information compiled by Michael McCain

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