Weihnachten

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From Middle High German wīhenahten (12th century), a dative plural form ze wīhen nahten (in the holy nights) understood as a compound of weihen (to hallow) and Nacht (night), referring to the mid-winter nights, which were already celebrated in Germanic times. Compare Weihnacht.

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Weihnachten n (genitive Weihnachtens, no plural), especially in Austria and Switzerland also plural

  1. Christmas
    Es ist Weihnachten. — It's Christmas.
    Frohe Weihnachten! — Merry Christmas!
    Wir wünschen Ihnen frohe Weihnachten und ein gutes neues Jahr! — (formal) We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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