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Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

It’s hard to believe that Christmas is almost here once more, and with the festive season fully upon us we’re already saying Merry Christmas when leaving shops and restaurants. We’ve even given our Christmas greetings to friends and colleagues who we won’t be seeing again until the New Year.

The origin of the greeting ‘Merry Christmas’ is believed to date back as far as the 16th Century when an English admiral coined the term in an informal letter. The message also appeared in the popular 16th century Christmas carol, ‘We Wish You a Merry Christmas.’  The festive message positioned itself as a mainstay in our festive traditions in 1843 when it was used by Charles Dickens in his classic tale, A Christmas Carol and appeared on the first ever formal Christmas card.

Since then it has become a greeting which we all say countless times each year, and has spanned numerous other variations within the English speaking world alone, from Happy Christmas to Seasons Greetings.

The seasonal wish is a globally recognised message for spreading Christmas cheer, but of course each country has their own variation of how to say it.

So we’ve asked people from around the world to send us their festive greetings showing us how to say Merry Christmas in over 20 different languages from around the world.

Have a look at our video below to find out how to say Merry Christmas in 26 different languages and continue spreading the Christmas wishes. If you want to add an extra language into the mix we’d love to hear it or see it on Facebook!



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- Leslie Siben, India
I had a very lovely time and was looked after splendidly. My first visit to India could not have been better, save for being longer! But I shall return at some point and I shall look to you to make the arrangements.
- Matthew Nicklin, North India
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- Mr Geoffrey Johnson, India
We had a wonderful holiday - everything was perfect. Thank you for helping us to make a thoughtful plan to enjoy and make most out of our trip. The places we visited, the guides, the transportation and driver, the hotels selected... Everything was great!
- Jaime Benitez, South India
Everything you did for us whilst we were away was hugely appreciated, and Ampersand has been exemplary in every way. I'll always recommend you!
- Mr Richard Stoughton, Sri Lanka
So many highlights to choose from! The hotels were amazing but Maya Villa was a highlight… I loved just hanging out in the hammock reading my book and watching the peacocks chase the cows!
- Krista Weir, Sri Lanka
Difficult to articulate just how good the service from you and your team really was. We know you will continue to do well and hope we have the chance to seek your assistance again before long.
- Mr & Mrs Manson, North India
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- Mr David Wallace, North India

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