“Merry Christmas” From NTZ!

Thank you readers for visiting NTZ over 2012. Merry Christmas everyone!

Photo source: Jeff Weese, Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.

I noticed Google Germany today is wishing everyone a “Frohes Fest” (Happy Holidays), and not “Merry Christmas”. I guess some prefer blurring the origins of Christmas and the very foundations of their modern society and prosperity.

Source: www.google.de/

But from NTZ, it’s:

Frohe Weihnachten!

(Merry Christmas). Have a good one everybody!



14 responses to ““Merry Christmas” From NTZ!”

  1. J Martin

    It’s an American thing. Weird, since they do the Christmas presents and lights etc to a level most countries don’t.

    Perhaps it dates from when the average US worker only got 2 weeks holiday a year and so Christmas was the only time of the year when a high percentage of the workforce was on holiday.

    Calling it ‘happy holidays’ only serves to neuter the meaning of Christmas. Perhaps it’s time the Americans dropped the ‘happy holidays’ phrase and started calling it ‘Christmas’.

    Google should know better than to export their lower quality /standard of ‘happy holidays’ to other countries.

    I would be happy to educate Google in this matter, however, I’ve never been able to find any contact details for Google.

  2. Mindert Eiting

    Prettig Kerstfeest! (Christmas: the return of light and the birth of Christ together).

  3. DirkH

    Frohe Weihnachten, Merry Christmas everyone!

  4. John Silver

    Merry Christmas, etc.

    I’m not very good at german, could you find some email adresses to newspapers in Graz, Austria?
    (For obvious reasons)

  5. oeman50

    Feliz Navidad….oops, sorry, wrong language, but the sentiment is real.

    Merry Christmas to you, too Pierre!

  6. BargHumer

    Thanks for the comment above. It is appreciated.

    This is more important that it appears at first, but the use of the word foundations is absolutely right.

    Merry Christmas!

  7. Graeme No.3

    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

  8. John F. Hultquist

    In the USA, years ago the letters ‘PC’ were known to mean personal computer. Sometime later that interpretation was overrun by the meaning politically correct. Now, PC means one cannot do or say anything that offends any person or group unless the offense is against Christians and Jewish folks and/or (so called) white people. The corollary is that anything offensive to christians/jews/whites is to be encouraged and is PC.
    In the same sense as wanting to sell something and writing ‘4-sale’ rather than ‘for sale’, merchants would make signs saying things such as ‘Xmas Trees 4-sale’. Xmas was used for awhile but that too has waned in that it is obvious what is meant, so it is no longer PC.
    This year, elementary schools have been accused of ‘bullying’ by having any “seasonal festivities” with music having any reference to Christ, angels, or related words.

    Rather than accepting a multi-cultural and multi-religious background the elites have decided to suppress all differences of which they no longer approve. While there is great art, music, literature, and so on that can be shared with understanding, such understanding is being bludgeoned from American society.


    Merry Christmas and a Joyous New Year !!

    1. Bernd Felsche

      A must-watch episode of “Futurama” is their Xmas special.

  9. GregO

    Merry Christmas Pierre! Thanks for the wonderful and informative blog and see you next year!

    Greg Olsen
    Tempe, Arizona

  10. NeilM

    Merry Christmas Pierre and many thanks for a very informative blog.

  11. Bernd Felsche

    Frohe Weihnachten!
    Merry Christmas!

    (While it’s still legal for me to wish that. http://ipa.org.au/library/publication/1356125314_document_human-rights-and-anti-discrimination-bill-2012-fact-sheet.pdf — New Australian law in the making that make it an offence to “offend” somebody else. Talk about oxymoronic legislation — the lawmakers could be the first to be convicted if passed into law.)

  12. Nonoy Oplas

    Perhaps the longest Christmas season in the world is in the Philippines because as soon as the “ber” months start, ie, September 1, Christmas carols and songs start filling the air in some shops. By November, all malls already play Christmas carols. It’s heavily commercialized here, but at least it lifts overall mood of the people, along with the traffic and various Christmas parties. Cheers.

  13. Robin

    Merry Christmas to you too Pierre, and wishing you a healthy and productive new year. I have enjoyed reading your blog through the year and appreciate your translation effort to bring to us English speaking folk, important German climate news. Especially value your inclusion of commentary by Messrs Varenholdt and Luning.

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