Learning French ~ Seasonal Greetings

Learning the French Language

Useful French Phrases – season and other greetings

Whether it be Christmas, Easter, birthday or any other occasion, here is what you need to say. Plus other useful phrases


Joyeux Noël – Merry Christmas

La période de Noël or la période des fêtes – the Christmas Season

Le pere Noël – Father Christmas

Le jour de Noël – Christmas Day

La veille de Noël – Christmas Eve

La carte de Noël – the Christmas card

L’arbre de Noël – the Christmas tree

Un soulier de Noël – (literally a Christmas shoe) is the equivalent of a Christmas stocking

Offrir un cadeau (de Noël) – to give a (Christmas) present

Other greetings…

Bonne Année – Happy New Year

Bonne Santé – Good health (also said at new year)

Meilleurs Voeux – Best Wishes

Bon Anniversaire – Happy Birthday

Joyeux Anniversaire – Happy Birthday to You

Joyeuses Pâques – Happy Easter

Joyeuses Fêtes – Happy Holidays

Words and phrases you may hear…

Une soirée – an evening party

Organiser une fête or donner une réception/soirée – to throw a party (the former expression is less formal than the latter)

Nous sommes invités chez eux – We’re invited to their house.

On nous a invité a prendre un verre – They invited us for a drink.

Une invitation – an invitation

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