The Greek name for Christmas is Christougena - literally Christ's birth. When Greeks say Merry Christmas, they say Kala Christougena - Merry Christmas. You can hear Merry Christmas and other phrases spoken; the apparent "g" sound is pronounced like a "y".
Around the holidays, you will also hear Chronia Polla - "Happy New Year", literally "Many years", a wish for long life and happy years to come.
The more formal New Year's greeting is a tongue twister: Eftikismenos o kenourisos kronos - Happy New Year.
Greek has also had an impact on the written abbreviation of Christmas, Xmas. While this is sometimes considered a disrespectful way of writing it, for the Greeks it is a way of writing the word using the cross symbolized by the "X", so it is considered to be a perfectly respectful way of writing Christmas rather than a casual abbreviation.
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