Here’s an example of a greeting card I wrote in Chinese.
Qīn ài de péngyǒumen,
Zhù nín Shèngdàn kuàilè! Zài zhè ge tèshū de jiérì lǐ, wǒ xiǎng xiàng nín biǎodá zuì měihǎo de zhùfú, yuàn nín hé nín de jiārén dùguò yīgè wēnxīn, kuàilè de Shèngdàn jié. Gǎnxiè nín zài guòqù yī nián lǐ de péibàn hé zhīchí, yuàn nín zài xīn de yī nián lǐ jiànkāng, píng’ān, xīn xiǎng shì chéng.
Wishing you a Merry Christmas! On this special occasion, I want to extend my warmest wishes to you. May you and your family experience a cozy and joyful Christmas season. I am truly grateful for your presence and support throughout the past year. May you have good health, peace, and may all your wishes come true in the new year.
December 21, 2023
Above is a Chinese Christmas card. Have you noticed the three differences between Chinese Christmas cards and English Christmas cards?
1. Addressing: When writing a Christmas card in Chinese, the address is placed in the upper-left corner, consistent with English. If it’s for familiar relatives or friends, you can use ‘亲爱的 qīn ài de‘ (Dear), such as ‘亲爱的妈妈 qīn ài de māma‘ (Dear Mom). For elders, teachers, or leaders, ‘尊敬的 zūn jìng de‘ (Respected) is appropriate, like ‘尊敬的老师 zūn jìng de lǎoshī‘ (Respected Teacher).
2. Beginning of Paragraphs: In the section below, you can write the content of blessings. Please note that in the content section, there should be a two-space indentation before the first sentence of each paragraph. This is a requirement in Chinese paragraph writing, and it should be observed when writing Chinese greeting cards as well.
3. Signature: The signature on a Christmas card written in Chinese is placed in the lower-right corner. This is different from English, as the signature includes one’s name and the date. It’s important to note that in Chinese, the date format is year first, followed by the month and day.
In Christmas cards, the greetings are the most crucial. Below are some commonly used Christmas blessings you can learn. Let’s quickly pick them up and write a Christmas card in Chinese to your family and friends!
Shèngdàn kuàilè, xīnnián kuàilè!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Zhù nín hé nín de jiārén shèngdàn kuàilè!
Merry Christmas to you and your family!
Zhù nín dùguò yīgè huānlè de chōngmǎn zhùfú de Shèngdànjié!
Wishing you a joyful and blessed Christmas!
Yuàn nín de Shèngdànjié chōngmǎn ài hé huānxiào!
May your Christmas be filled with love and laughter!
Zhù nín zài Shèngdànjié zhī jì yōngyǒu hépíng, kuàilè hé xìngfú!
Wishing you peace, joy, and happiness this Christmas!
Yuàn nín de Shèngdànjié chōngmǎn zhùfú hé měihǎo shíguāng!
May your Christmas be filled with blessings and good times!
Nǐ de kāngkǎi hé tǐtiē gǎibiànle wǒ de shēnghuó. Gǎnxiè nǐ, shèngdàn kuàilè!
Your generosity and thoughtfulness have made a difference in my life.Thank you, and Merry Christmas!
Nín de zhīchí hé gǔlì duì wǒ lái shuō yìyì zhòngdà. Gǎnxiè nín, zhù nín dùguò yīgè měimiào de Shèngdànjié!
Your support and encouragement have meant a lot to me. Thank you, and may you have a wonderful Christmas!
Nín de bāngzhù hé zhīchí duì wǒ lái shuō shì wújià zhī bǎo. Gǎnxiè nín, yuàn nín dùguò yīgè chōngmǎn zhùfú de Shèngdànjié!
Your help and support have been invaluable to me. Thank you, and may you have a blessed Christmas!
Wǒ xiǎng biǎodá wǒ zhōngxīn de gǎnjī zhī qíng, gǎnxiè nín de zhīchí hé bāngzhù. Zhù nín dùguò yīgè kuàilè de Shèngdànjié!
I want to express my heartfelt gratitude for your support and help. Wishing you a joyful Christmas!
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