We wish you a Merry Christmas, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
May the Spirit of Christmas be with you bringing you and your family and loved ones, the gifts of Health, Happiness, Prosperity, Peace, Friendship, Love, Brotherhood to all the people on planet Earth.
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…… and a Happy New Year 2010!
Text messages were popular among well-wishers again this year with 82.6 million messages sent on the Vodafone network from December 24 to January 1.
During the same period, there were 45.9 million text messages sent by TIM Hellas customers, a rise of 17 percent from last year.
On New Year’s Day, 15.2 million messages were sent by Cosmote users, an annual increase of 13 percent.
That’s what I call Communication! 🙂
Arabic: Kul ‘aam u antum salimoun
Brazilian: Boas Festas e Feliz Ano Novo means “Good Parties and Happy New Year”
Chinese: Chu Shen Tan
Czechoslavakia: Scastny Novy Rok
Dutch: Gullukkig Niuw Jaar
Finnish: Onnellista Uutta Vuotta
French: Bonne Annee
German: Prosit Neujahr
Greek: Eftecheezmaenos o Kaenooryos hronos
Hebrew: L’Shannah Tovah Tikatevu
Hindi: Niya Saa Moobaarak
Irish (Gaelic): Bliain nua fe mhaise dhuit
Italian: Buon Capodanno
Khmer: Sua Sdei tfnam tmei
Laotian: Sabai dee pee mai
Polish: Szczesliwego Nowego Roku
Portuguese: Feliz Ano Novo
Russian: S Novim Godom
Serbo-Croatian: Scecna nova godina
Spanish: Feliz Ano Neuvo
Prospero Ano Nuevo
Turkish: Yeni Yiliniz Kutlu Olsun
Vietnamese: Cung-Chuc Tan-Xuan
It’s Christmas time in Greece and Cyprus, but what do you say to your Greek friends and hosts?
Merry Christmas > Kala Christougenna [Merry Christmas]
Want to listen how it is pronounced? Go here to hear it >
Happy New Year > Chronia Polla [Happy New Year], literally means “Many Happy Years”. Also you may say Eftichismenos O Kenourios Chronos [Happy New Year] which is the formal way to say it.
Write the holiday newsletter your friends want to read
Cyndi’s annual holiday newsletter is smart and funny, and friends say they actually look forward to getting it. No matter that it may be printed on blue or purple paper rather than traditional red or green, or that it sometimes may arrive closer to Groundhog Day than Christmas.
Yet even if writing isn’t your thing, there are ways to ensure that your annual holiday missive is greeted with grins rather than groans.
For starters, keep it light. Modesty and self-deprecating humor win out every time over a boastful, overly-detailed letter that’s reminiscent of a resume or public relations broadsheet.
The things people hate about those letters is that the writers take themselves extremely seriously. People get a lot of humorless letters about family achievements. It’s fun to be not quite so reverential about that stuff. It’s all about being entertained. People don’t want to be bored. Here’s a primer >
Be brief: Long doesn’t mean better. If you find yourself running on, picture eyes glazing over at a cocktail party when someone monopolizes the conversation. Strive for one typewritten page, double-spaced.
Be conversational: Writeas if you were sitting at the kitchen table chatting with a friend. If you want to write the Great American Novel, go ahead, just don’t use your holiday newsletter as the vehicle.
Hit the highlights: Skip the blow-by-blow accounts of your summer vacation. Pick some newsy high points and write about your feelings and experiences or what you learned. If you’re sharing an “aha!” moment, be sure it’s something that others will want to know.
Keep sad news short: If it’s been a difficult year with bad health or a death in the family, don’t dwell on it. Better to express appreciation for all the support you’ve received.
Make it easy on the eyes: Use a LARGE font, such as 10 or 12 point. Try for a catchy headline and captions if you’re including photos. Fun borders and wide margins help, too.
Have some fun: If a photo shows the giant star atop your house, try “STAR HITS LOCAL ROOF!” Be sure to run your humor past your family, and sort out the real groans from the obligatory ones.
Proofread your work: Make sure spelling and grammar are correct and that the letter is readable. Use computer spell-check or a friend with spelling and editing savvy. Let your final draft sit overnight, then take another look. It’s amazing how many times an overlooked spelling error “magically” appears the next day.
Rein yourself in: The subject is you and your family, so stick to that and avoid going off on a political or religious rant. But also let your readers know you’re thinking of THEM, after all, that’s the reason for the newsletter in the first place.
Start early: Avoid writing, addressing and mailing in a mad, last-minute frenzy.
Get organized: Buy a rubber stamp or learn how to format return address labels online. Set up recipients’ addresses on a label document.
Streamline: Besides printing the actual labels, print a copy on paper. As cards and newsletters arrive at your house, update addresses on that sheet. After the season, use the cards you got to update your list, changing, adding or deleting names. Keep a copy of this year’s newsletter with the file. Next year, writing it will be a breeze.
Tap into online resources: Still stuck? Google “holiday newsletter” for tips on formats, content, creativity and even free templates.
Bonus tip: Well-intentioned procrastinators still wrestling with newsletters in January should use red paper. You can always send out a Valentine’s Day newsletter instead.
Keep greetings secular and personal to avoid seasonal etiquette pitfalls
There are Christmas cards to send your mother, your son, your uncle overseas, your friends. You know all those will be appreciated. But sending a card to a business associate could blow up in your face.
The card sending season is full of potential etiquette pitfalls. What I hear from business associates is that they are trying to send out a goodwill gesture. The last thing a business is trying to do is to have that backfire on them. Perhaps that’s why more businesses are opting to send “religion-neutral” holiday cards.
Some etiquette experts, agree with taking a secular approach to holiday greetings. They also advise making a list and checking it twice, lest any important client be left off. But no matter how long that list is, you can’t take the easy way out and send an e-mail. Even if it makes it through the spam filters, an e-card is a poor substitute for the real thing.
With all the potential pitfalls, why do an estimated 50 percent to 60 percent of businesses even bother sending holiday greetings? Well, it’s all about strengthening the business relationship. The time and money spent are considered an investment in their business.
Here’s some tips from the experts >
* Keep it personal. Your card shouldn’t look as if it came off an assembly line. Sign the card by hand and include a short and professional note.
* Keep it simple. Keep messages brief and secular unless you are certain of the recipient’s religious faith.
* Separate home and work. If you are friends with a co-worker or associate, the card should go to the home, not office. Keep the wall between the two.
* Spell-check. Take the extra step to verify how recipients’ names are spelled.
* Show respect. When addressing the envelope, always use titles, such as Mr., Mrs., Ms., Dr., and so on.
* Lose the labels. Hand-address your envelopes.
* Stamp it. Mail holiday greeting cards first class so they don’t look like part of a mass mailing.
* Display the cards you receive. Displaying them is a really nice thing to do, and if the sender visits your office during the holiday, it makes him or her feel good, too.
* It’s never too late. While most people send business greetings between December 10 and 15, it is entirely appropriate to send a New Year’s greeting card.