Christmas is right around the corner, so you can expect to hear a lot of Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays greetings going around. For some of us, we come up short on what to say when someone says Merry Christmas.
When someone says Merry Christmas, the obvious response would be to say it back, but there are more ways to say it than merely repeating what the other person said. Plus, when you have multiple ideas of what to say, your response will seem more genuine and sincere.
This post will guide you on what to say when someone says Merry Christmas, and provide the examples you need to get you through these holidays, and every Christmas for the rest of your life.
Here are 27 sure-fire ways to respond:
8 things to say when someone that is close to you says, “Merry Christmas”
We’re used to hearing Christmas greetings from our friends and families every year and are likely to spend the holidays with them. Since we are close to them, it’s going to be easier to figure out what to say when someone from that group says Merry Christmas.
Here are 8 responses you can use:
This is a good response to use when your friend or family member has been with you through thick and thin this year and you wish to emphasize that. You then extend Christmas and New Year greetings as is customary.
Use this to show appreciation to your friend for continuously being in your life, and to show that you look forward to more years of friendship.
Use this when you receive a gift from your friend or family member. It is a perfect message for an email/text when there is a person who lives far away and you can’t extend your holiday wishes face to face with them.
This is good to use when your friend has gone out of his/her way to make your Christmas special. It is perfect because it wishes him/her Merry Christmas while showing appreciation for the gesture.
Use this one on your younger relatives when you want to get them something for Christmas but have no clue what they’re into. This is the ultimate cheat sheet and will give you major cool points.
This is the perfect response when you are gathered with friends and family, and you are exchanging season’s greetings. Once you gather everyone’s attention, repeat this and all your friends and family will be moved by these heartfelt sentiments.
This nostalgic message is great because it lets your friends and/or family know that you are aware of their contributions to your life over the past year and you are grateful to have them in your life. It also brings you closer together and makes them think of how you have enriched their lives as well.
If you say this when you walk into your family/friend’s Christmas celebration, it’s almost guaranteed the room will erupt into laughter. Use this when you want to lighten the mood at the gathering.
6 things to say when someone that you see often but don’t know well says, “Merry Christmas”
It’s customary for other people in our lives that we see every day but don’t know that well, like our colleagues, neighbors, and classmates, to tell us Merry Christmas during the holidays. Of course, the polite thing to do is extend well wishes and the season’s greeting to them.
Here’s what to say when someone says Merry Christmas but you don’t know them that well.
This response can be used when you are unable to attend a Christmas celebration at the office but wish to send your message through another person. This heartfelt message is much more effective than saying “Tell them I said Merry Christmas” because it shows that you really wanted to be there, and feel bad for missing it.
Send this to the co-worker you fool around with and crack jokes with during the day. While you may not know much about this person, they still play a role in your work life.
This is a way to compliment an employee/colleague on doing a good job this year while extending holiday greetings.
Use this for that classmate who always had your back and was willing to help you out when you didn’t understand concepts in class or forgot to do your homework.
This is a good response for the kind of neighbors that are always dependable and you can call on at a moment’s notice. Even if you aren’t close friends, these neighbors are always kind or courteous and make living in the neighborhood pleasant.
People who put up impressive Christmas displays love compliments about their work, so this is the perfect way to respond to their Merry Christmas greeting, especially when you don’t know what to say when someone says Merry Christmas from next door suddenly.
6 things to say when a stranger says, “Merry Christmas”
Other times, you’ll hear Merry Christmas from people you don’t know at all. The polite thing to do is extend the greeting back to the stranger.
This is what to say when someone you have never met says Merry Christmas:
This is a good response to someone you meet in passing. It is simple, yet heartfelt.
This is another simple message that gets to the point but has well wishes attached.
Christmas dinners are customary in most families, as is the tradition of placing gifts in Christmas stockings. This greeting is a good way to wish a stranger a bountiful holiday.
This is the basic response when you don’t know what to say when someone says Merry Christmas. It works because the stranger is probably not expecting much.
It is good to use this response when you want to thank the stranger for the kind words and return good wishes as well.
This is a joke you can share with a fellow adult stranger who wishes you Merry Christmas. It’s one of the best pieces of advice anyone can give!
7 things to say when you are not Christian
Even if you are not a Christian, the popular thing to say is Merry Christmas, and many people do it without thinking and genuinely mean no harm. Whether you belong to another religion or are simply not religious, it’s okay to celebrate the season to be festive and give.
Here’s what to say when someone says Merry Christmas and you are non-Christian:
Use this when you want to clarify or let it be known that you are of a different religion. It is good because you return the sentiments without being dismissive of the greeting.
This is a good response if you’re atheist/agnostic. It’s a well-wish without any religious reference.
This is another simple response that means you wish the person a good time during the holidays.
This is good to say when you want to wish the person a good time during Christmas and the New Year.
This response is more heartfelt and is best used when you actually know the person. It means that you wish the person and their family well for the holidays and that they embrace the ‘Christmas spirit’.
This is a joke you can use when you don’t know what to say when someone says Merry Christmas and you don’t want to make it awkward by saying you aren’t religious or don’t celebrate Christmas.
You can use this when someone mistakenly says Merry Christmas to you, but you don’t want the person to feel bad about doing it. This joke will make the situation feel less tense and you can follow it up by saying, “Happy Holidays”.
Christmas is a time to be spent in the company of loved ones, relaxing and having a good time. There’s no reason you should be worrying about what to say when someone says Merry Christmas.
With this list, you no longer have to wonder. You’ve got this covered, so now you can focus on finding yourself under the mistletoe, or sneaking a bite of the cookies that were left out for Santa.