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Christmas is coming. Let's learn how to say "Merry Christmas" in Chinese and how to write those Chinese characters. In addition, we will learn some Chinese Christmas vocabulary.

Christmas in China

Christmas is not a public holiday in China since there are not many Christians there. However, in recent years, a lot of people, especially young people begun celebrating Christmas in China. You can see Christmas decorations in stores and the custom of exchanging Christmas gifts is becoming more popular. You also can see more and more people decorate their homes with Christmas trees and other Christmas ornaments.

How to say "Merry Christmas" in Chinese

圣诞节快乐(shèng dàn jié kuài lè)!
圣诞快乐(shèng dàn kuài lè)!
"圣诞(shèng dàn )" means "Christmas."
节(jié)" is a short for " 节日(jié rì)", which means "holiday".
"快乐(kuài lè)" means "happy" or "merry".

Let's look into each Chinese character.
"圣(shèng)" means "sacred" or "holy".
"诞(dàn)" means "birth".
"快(kuài)" means " pleased " here, although you may see it means "quick" most of time.
"乐(lè)" means "happy" or "joy".

When someone wishes you 圣诞快乐(shèng dàn kuài lè)!, you also say "圣诞快乐(shèng dàn kuài lè)" to response him or her in Chinese.

Chinese Christmas Vocabulary

1. Christmas, 圣诞节(shèng dàn jié)

2. Christmas eve, 圣诞夜(shèng dàn yè)
"夜(yè)" means "eve" or "night".

3. Christmas tree, 圣诞树(shèng dàn shù)
"树 (shù)" means "tree".

4. Christmas presents, 圣诞礼物(shèng dàn lǐ wù)
"礼物(lǐ wù)" means " present".

5. Christmas card, 圣诞贺卡(shèng dàn hè kǎ)
"贺(hè)" means to celebrate, and "卡(kǎ)"means "card".

6. Santa Claus, 圣诞老人(shèng dàn lǎo rén)
"老人 (lǎorén)" means "old person".

7. Santa hat, 圣诞帽 (shèng dàn mào)
"帽 (mào)" is the short form for "帽子 (mào zi)" , which means "hat."

8. Christmas carol, 圣诞歌(shèng dàn gē)
"歌(gē)" means "song".

Wish you all a happy holiday. Merry Christmas!

圣诞快乐(shèng dàn kuài lè)!

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