¡Felices fiestas! Happy holidays! Merry Christmas! That’s one way to say it, even though it may make you think, “Happy parties!”. Since there’s always more than one way to skin a cat, we can also wish someone ¡Felices pascuas! Yes, it means the same thing and is said at Christmastime, not at Easter. Of course, we all already know Feliz navidad thanks to a certain catchy song. The other phrases notwithstanding, it is definitely the most common way to say merry Christmas.
We always tend to add a little more to our season’s greetings to make them merrier, though. In Spanish Christmas greetings, you’ll see lots of things like this:
¡Te deseo una muy feliz Navidad y un próspero Año Nuevo 2012 lleno de bendiciones, realizaciones y todas las cosas lindas que anhela tu corazón!
I wish you a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year in 2012 full of blessings, accomplishments, and all the beautiful things that your heart desires!
Dios te siga bendiciendo y colmándote de éxitos para el año que viene.
May God continue to bless you and give you abundant success in this coming year.
Que disfruten el año en familia y que todo lo que viene esté lleno de logros y éxitos.
May you enjoy the year surrounded by family, and may everything be filled with accomplishments and success.
Dios te dé paz, armonía, te bendiga y te colme de bendiciones.
May God grant you peace and harmony and bless you and fill your life with good things.
Que todos tus sueños se hagan realidad y que todos tus deseos se te concedan.
May all your dreams come true and all your wishes be given to you.
Common themes? Éxitos (successes, not exits!), bendiciones (blessings), and the verb colmar— it means to fill to the brim, to heap and shower and lavish something on someone. Also, a whole lotta subjunctive–good practice!
_________________________________________________ Non-natives, what’s your experience with these greetings? Had you heard them before? How have you heard them used? Where? If you’re a native Spanish speaker, anything to correct, clarify, comment on or concur with?