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Korrespondenz auf Englisch - Weihnachtsgruesse ohne Fettnaepfchen

Schlagwörter: Korrespondenz auf Englisch, Weihnachtsgrüße auf Englisch, Englische Weihnachtsgrüße, Englisch Weihnachtsgrüße, Weihnachten Englisch

It’s that time of year again. Christmas lights in shops and on houses, candles, angels, cosy home decor, Christmas carols on the radio, power-shopping trips, parties, more cake and cookies (and alcohol) than one should probably put away, and - most important - high spirits and best wishes for our families, friends, neighbours and business colleagues.

In Germany, it’s relatively easy to pass on the spirit of the season to others. In a country where 74% of the population is Christian, Frohe Weihnachten und einen guten Rutsch ins neue Jahr is almost sure to be well received.

In the UK and in North America, however, ethnic diversity is significantly higher. Being culturally and religiously sensitive has not only become the norm, it has become the expectation. In these countries, your best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year may not be so well-received.

Ebenezer Scrooge, the main character in Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, is perhaps the best-known example of someone who did not take the standard Christmas greeting to heart: “If I could work my will,” he says, “every idiot who goes about with a Merry Christmas on his lips should be boiled in his own pudding.”

So just how does one go about wishing a colleague or business associate a Merry Christmas without being boiled in one’s own pudding? It helps to first understand how complex the holiday season really is. It’s much, much more than just Christmas.

The holiday season in the modern age
Christmas has been celebrated since the 4th century AD, but it wasn’t until the 19th century when Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year was first used - in the first Christmas card, which was produced in England.

Since then, the greeting - along with its UK variant Happy Christmas - has been used more and more by Christians around the world. Many non-Christians observe Christmas as well. For them, Christmas is a cultural celebration focusing on secular elements of the holiday like wishing others well, giving gifts and large family dinners.

In this age of globalisation and immigration, the populations of many western countries have become highly diverse. The period of time surrounding Christmas during which many cultures and religions celebrate has slowly become known as the winter holiday season. The winter holiday season embraces everyone, rather than Christians alone.

The winter holiday season traditionally begins near the end of November (on Thanksgiving Day in the US), and ends on New Year’s Day. Among the many holidays falling into this timeframe are:

  • Thanksgiving: secular expression of thanks for the autumn harvest. The fourth Thursday in November in the US.

  • Yule: Pagan celebration of the winter solstice. Usually around the 2 or 22 of December, Yule is observed in Scandinavia and even in a few countries in East Asia..

  • Hanukkah: Jewish festival of lights celebrating the defeat of forces who tried to prevent Israel from practising Judaism. Usually in late November or in December.

  • Christmas Eve/Day: Celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. December 24 and 25.

  • Kwanzaa: A week-long celebration of African-American heritage. Observed December 26 – January in the US..

  • Boxing Day: Observed in many Commonwealth countries on the first non-Sunday after Christmas Day. The name refers to the tradition of boxing up donations to give to the poor and needy..

  • St Stephen\'s Day: Celebration of the feast of St Stephen, usually on December 26..

  • New Year\'s Day: Celebration of the first day of the New Year, preceded by festivities in the evening of December 31.

With so many holidays, it can be hard to know who celebrates what and when. To help avoid awkwardly long greetings or even inadvertent offence, a new method of phrasing one’s best wishes has evolved that goes hand-in-hand with the concept of the winter holiday season. This approach has now become standard practise in the business world.

Wishing you the very best
Whether you’re on the phone or speaking in person, holiday greetings are usually made after you’ve concluded your business conversation. Tradition calls for making a bit of holiday small talk before you end with your greeting.

During the small talk phase, you should expect to use questions and responses similar to those found in the following patterns:

So / Well then, what have you planned for your holiday season?

How will you be celebrating the holidays?
Will you be travelling?

We’re planning to stay home this year.

We’ll be home for the holidays/for Christmas, but we’ve planned a week of skiing before New Year’s.

Will you be taking off during the holidays?

I’ll be off for two weeks.

I’ve only taken a few days off. I plan to use the slow time to catch up on some things/work around the office.

How about you?

And you?

Use these small talk questions to keep the holiday conversation going:

How long will you be taking off?

Do you have any children?

How many do you have?

Have you already completed your holiday

Are you planning any special surprises this year?

Not really.

We’ll be taking the kids to...

We have friends/family coming in from City.

When will you be returning to the office?

I’ll be back on the second.

I won’t be back until the eighth.

Close with your holiday wishes just before saying goodbye:

Well, then...

I’d like to wish you and your family a great holiday season and a Happy
New Year!

I don’t think we’ll have an opportunity to talk again before the holidays, so I’d like to wish you a Happy Holiday.

Thank You! The same to you (and yours).

Thank you! I hope you have happy holiday season as well!

I look forward to speaking with you again next year!

Between Christmas and New Year’s Day, your greeting needs to drop its wider references to the holiday season and focus on the new year:

Well then/OK then,...

I’d like to wish you a Happy New Year!

My best wishes for the new year!

A Happy New Year to you and your family!

Happy New Year to you as well!

In written correspondence and in automated out-of-office messages
When writing letters and e-mails, it’s enough to put your wishes in your closing line. Try one of these in your closing address:

Wishing you a wonderful holiday season

My/our best wishes for a happy holiday season and a Happy New Year

My/our warmest greetings and best wishes for the New Year!

Happy Holidays!

Season’s Greetings!

Holiday greetings from a business
Many businesses struggle to find an appropriate greeting for an English holiday card. The following are very professional and will always make a good impression.

Start your formal greeting with one of the following:

There is no better time than the holidays to say thank you for your business.

To our customers and to our many friends, we thank you and wish you season’s greetings.

At the holiday season, our thoughts turn gratefully to those who have made our progress possible.

Conclude your greeting with:

It is in this spirit we say Thank You and Best Wishes for the Holidays and a Happy New Year.

Schlagwörter: Korrespondenz auf Englisch, Weihnachtsgrüße auf Englisch, Englische Weihnachtsgrüße, Englisch Weihnachtsgrüße, Weihnachten Englisch

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