Monique wrote about how in France they give New Year’s greetings throughout January…
In France, we wish people a Happy New Year in person, by mail or email nowadays.
We’re much less likely to wish a Merry Christmas. We do in person, let’s say, if we meet someone on Christmas Eve or before the holiday break.
Our standards are that we can wish a Happy New Year to people until the end of January though it’s much nicer not to wait that long.
When do you wish people a Happy New Year in your country?
Monique Palomares works with us on the French and Spanish versions of Mama Lisa’s World.
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January 13th, 2016 at 4:27 pm
In the US, we usually send Christmas cards in December. Sometimes they include a New Year’s greeting. Some people send a general card saying “Happy Holidays” or “Seasons Greetings”, especially if they know people who celebrate other holidays like Hanukkah. Nowadays, it seems less people are sending actual cards and more people are sending greetings on the computer.
We say (have a) Happy New Year the week leading up to the New Year and perhaps for a about a week afterwards… not much beyond that.