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Merry Christmas in Chinese is "圣诞快乐 (Shèngdàn kuàilè)" and its literal meaning is to be happy on the birth of a saint.

"圣 (shèng)" in Chinese is a title of respect for honorific figures or things. For example, Confucius is one of the first "圣人 (shèngrén)" saints in Chinese history and so is addressed with this honorific title. Another example is that marriage is "神圣的 (shénshèng de)" sacred.
"诞 (dàn)" means geniture and we usually say "诞生 (dànshēng)" to be born in Chinese.
Therefore, "圣诞 (shèngdàn)" refers to the birth of a saint, specifically, Jesus.

"快 (kuài)" means quick or swift in its literal sense, which is used to describe speed. For example, he ran very "快 (kuài)” fast.
"乐 ()" means to be happy or cheerful and is used to describe a positive state of mind . It is usually used with a combination of other words like "快乐 (kuàilè)" happy, "乐观 (lèguān)" optimistic, "乐意 (lèyì)" be willing to etc.
So "快乐 (kuàilè)" takes on the meaning of "乐 ()", which means to be happy.

As Chinese Christmas greetings, especially in text messages, "生蛋快乐 (shēngdàn kuàilè)" meaning "lay eggs happily" is popular among young people. This is a play on words as "生蛋 (shēngdàn)" and "圣诞 (shèngdàn)" have similar Chinese pronunciation.

Young people love to celebrate Christmas in China and do so by sending warm wishes to their friends and relatives. Let's learn some Christmas related Chinese sentences.
Christmas in Chinese

1. 这些天来一直有个问题困惑着我:你明明不是鸡,为什么人人都要祝你生蛋(圣诞)快乐呢?
    Zhèxiē tiān lái yìzhí yŏu gè wèntí kùnhuò zhe wŏ: nǐ míngmíng búshì jī, wèishénme rénrén dōu yào zhù nǐ shēngdàn (Shèngdàn)
    kuàilè ne?

    A question has been confused me these days: why should everyone wish you to lay eggs happily (Merry Christmas) since you are
    obviously not hen?

2. 嗨,你怎么还在这啊?你知道你的重要性吗?没了你,谁拉着圣诞老公公去给大家送礼物啊?圣诞快乐!
    Hēi, nǐ zěnme hái zài zhè a? Nǐ zhīdào nǐ de zhòngyào xìng mɑ? Méi le nǐ, shuí lā zhe shèngdàn lăo gōnggong qù gěi dàjiā sòng
    lǐwù a? Shèngdàn kuàilè!

    Hey, how can you still be here? Do you know how important you are? Without you, who will send Santa Claus to give out gifts? Merry
    Christmas!

3. 在这美好的日子,没有华丽的词句,没有多情的言语,没有精美的礼品,有的只是朋友深深的祝福:圣诞快乐!
    Zài zhè měihăo de rìzi, méiyŏu huálì de cíjù, méiyŏu duōqíng de yányǔ, méiyŏu jīngměi de lǐpǐn, yŏu de zhǐshì péngyou shēnshēn
    de zhùfú: Shèngdàn kuàilè!

    On this beautiful day, there is no flowery language; there are no sentimental words; there are no attractive gifts, but just a friend's
    deep blessing: Merry Christmas!

In the West, parents always pretend to be Santa Claus who comes from the "烟囱 (yāncōng)" chimney by filling their children's "长筒袜 (chángtŏngwà)" stockings with presents while in China this popular cultural trend has not yet caught on. The apple is often given as a gift on Christmas in Chinese tradition because the word "苹果 (píngguŏ) apple" has a similar pronunciation to the word "平安夜 (Ping’ānyè) Christmas Eve". Hence the apple has taken on the symbolisms of good luck and a happy future.
Learn Chinese words related to Christmas:
长筒袜 (chángtŏngwà) stockings 烟囱 (yāncōng) chimney 苹果 (píngguŏ) apple
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铃儿响叮当 (Líng'ér Xiăng Dīngdāng) Jingle Bells
Listen to the song.
啊冲破大风雪,我们坐在雪橇上。
Ā chōngpò dà fēngxuě, wŏmen zuò zài xuěqiāo shàng.
Oh dashing through the snow on a one-horse open sleigh.
快奔驰过田野,我们欢笑又歌唱。
Kuài bēnchí guò tiányě, wŏmen huānxiào yòu gēchàng.
Over the fields we go, laughing all the way.
马儿铃声响叮当,令人精神多欢畅。
Mă'ér língshēng xiăng dīngdāng, lìng rén jīngshen duō huānchàng.
Bells on bob-tail ring, making spirits bright.
我们今晚滑雪真快乐,把滑雪歌儿唱。
Wŏmen jīn wăn huáxuě zhēn kuàilè, bă huáxuě gēér chàng.
What fun it is to ride and sing a sleighing song tonight.
白雪遍地,趁这年青好时光。
Báixuě biàn dì, chèn zhè nián qīng hăo shí guāng.
Now the ground is white; Go it while you're young.
今晚滑雪多快乐,我们坐在雪橇上。
Jīnwăn huáxuě duō kuàilè, wŏmen zuò zài xuěqiāo shàng.
Oh what fun it is to ride in a one-horse open sleigh.
叮叮当,叮叮当,铃儿响叮当!
Dīngdīng dāng, dīngdīng dāng, líng'ér xiăng dīngdāng!
Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way!
今晚滑雪多快乐,我们坐在雪橇上。
Jīnwăn huáxuě duō kuàilè, wŏmen zuò zài xuěqiāo shàng.
Oh what fun it is to ride in a one-horse open sleigh.
白雪遍地,趁这年青好时光。
Báixuě biàn dì, chèn zhè niánqīng hăo shíguāng.
Now the ground is white; Go it while you're young.
带上亲爱的朋友,把滑雪歌儿唱。
Dài shàng qīn'ài de péngyou, bă huáxuě gē'ér chàng.
Take the girls tonight and sing this sleighing song.
有一匹栗色马,它日行千里长。
Yŏu yì pǐ lìsè mă, tā rì xíng qiānlǐ cháng.
Just get a bob-tailed bay, two-forty as his speed.
我们把它套在雪橇上,就飞奔向前方。
Wŏmen bă tā tào zài xuěqiāo shàng, jiù fēibèn xiàng qiánfāng.
Hitch him to an open sleigh and crack, you'll take the lead.
叮叮当,叮叮当,铃儿响叮当!
Dīngdīng dāng, dīngdīng dāng, líng'ér xiăng dīngdāng!
Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way!
今晚滑雪多快乐,我们坐在雪橇上。
Jīnwăn huáxuě duō kuàilè, wŏmen zuò zài xuěqiāo shàng.
Oh what fun it is to ride in a one-horse open sleigh.
叮叮当,叮叮当,铃儿响叮当!
Dīngdīng dāng, dīngdīng dāng, líng'ér xiăng dīngdāng!
Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way!
今晚滑雪多快乐,我们坐在雪橇上。
Jīnwăn huáxuě duō kuàilè, wŏmen zuò zài xuěqiāo shàng.
Oh what fun it is to ride in a one-horse open sleigh.

With the increasing globalization of Western culture, Christmas has inevitably come to China. Christmas is becoming more and more important in China both in terms of a commercial gimmick and a cultural and religious festival. It is widely celebrated by all segments of society but as yet has not reached the national fever pitch of the west and so is not yet a holiday. However this does not perturb China's youth who take great joy in sending out Christmas cards and holding get-togethers with family and friends.

Any Westerner walking down the street in a Chinese city will feel right at home as shops and businesses make the most of the festive spirit by adorning their shops with all the usual glitzy decorations one would expect to find in a Western country. There as also "绿色圣诞节 (lǜsè shèngdànjié) Green Christmas in China" on which students take part in many environmental protection activities such as, recycling, waste disposal and forest protection.

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