24 December 2019 14:39
While it's common practice to say "Merry Christmas" to friends and loved ones around this time of year, the practice is thought to have originated hundreds of years ago. An English admiral is believed to be the first to have used the term in an informal letter, way back in 1699. Christmas last posting dates 2019: When is the last day to post? The same era also saw the birth of the still-popular festive song, 'We wish you a Merry Christmas'. Charles Dickens used the term in his festive classic, 'A Christmas Carol', and the phrase is still used widely today.
If you have friends or relatives living abroad at the moment, it might be nice to send them a Christmas greeting in another language. Here's how you can say 'Merry Christmas' in languages from across the world. READ MORE: Type 2 diabetes: Best vegetable to include in your Christmas dinner