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Ways to say 'Merry Christmas' in Korean vary greatly so that in this article, KnowInsider would like to introduce to you 3 common kinds of expression when you want to wish someone a Merry Christmas.

Formal ‘Merry Christmas’ in Korean

1. 행복한 크리스마스 되십시오 (haengbokan keuriseumaseu doesipsio)

This is the formal way of saying ‘Merry Christmas’ since it has the –십시오 (sipsio) ending. You might see this on signs, posters, or cards. You can safely use it with all groups of people and nobody will get offended.

행복하다 = haengbokada | happy, blissful

크리스마스 = keuriseumaseu | Christmas

2. 즐거운 성탄절 보내십시오 (jeulgeoun seongtanjeol bonaesipsio)

If you’re at a formal event, add this version of ‘Merry Christmas’ into the mix. 성탄절 (seongtanjeol) is the Korean word for ‘Christmas’, but it’s not used as often as 크리스마스 (keuriseumaseu).

Informal ‘Merry Christmas’ in Korean

1. 메리 크리스마스 (meri keuriseumaseu)

This is the most common phrase used to wish somebody a merry Christmas in Korean. As you can see, it is basically just the English phrase ‘Merry Christmas’ written using the Korean alphabet.

When saying this phrase, make sure to use the Korean pronunciation rather than the English pronunciation. Koreans will understand you better, and it will be more fun!

2. 크리스마스 잘 보내 (keuriseumaseu jal bonae)

This is the informal version of the same expression. According to whychristmas.com, this sentence can only be used with close friends.

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Standard ‘Merry Christmas’ in Korean

1. 크리스마스 잘 보내세요 (keuriseumaseu jal bonaeseyo)

This is a standard, friendly, and polite way to say ‘Merry Christmas’. You can use it with anyone, no matter where they are in rank compared to you.

How to Say Merry Christmas in Korean standard

It is a very useful phrase to learn as you can use it to wish somebody a good weekend (주말 잘 보내세요 | jumal jal bonaeseyo) or good vacation (휴가 잘 보내세요 | hyuga jal bonaeseyo).

You can also use the past tense version of the word ‘잘 보내셨어요? (jal bonaesyeosseoyo?)’ in order to ask somebody how their weekend or vacation went.

2. 크리스마스 잘 보내요 (keuriseumaseu jal bonaeyo)

This is the version of 잘 보내세요 (jal bonaeseyo) without the extra politeness of the ‘세 (se)’ added in. It is recommended by the 90dayskorean that you show good manners and use #1 instead of this one.

3. 즐거운 성탄절 보내세요 (jeulgeoun seongtanjeol bonaeseyo)

If you want to throw in some original Korean words (성탄절 | seongtanjeol) but also take the formality down a notch, then this is the ‘Merry Christmas’ phrase for you! It’s still polite, but not as serious as즐거운 성탄절 보내십시오 (jeulgeoun seongtanjeol bonaesipsio).

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