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Old 11-30-2009
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Old 11-30-2009
Originally Posted by Scrutinizer
In France, can't you send a card with "Joyeux Noel et Bonne Année"? Or do you send two cards, one before christmas and one after new year?
Usually, when you post something by mail to be received in December, what is written is "Bonnes Fêtes" that fits all. A "Bonne Année 2010" card is normally sent to be received in January. Of course, nobody will feel offended if received earlier but definitely surprised/puzzled (like I was) if received in November.
When using a most media like e-mail, phone, telephone text message, radio, TV, the rule is first day(s) of January. Face to face wishes are given the first time you meet in January.
One exception is the French President who is giving his wishes to the French people on TV December the 31 evening.

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Originally Posted by reborg
They are but the big difference is context. In the French way the meaning translates inexactly to English more like "(Welcome to a) Happy New Year", in other words it is not an advance greeting.
Yes, I'm reaching the same conclusion.
We will say "Bonnes vacances" (Enjoy your vacation) before the thing happen but unlikely "Bon anniversaire" (Happy birthday) before that precise day.

So "Happy New-Year 2010" is more like "Enjoy 2010".
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