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Sending Christmas cards to Poland & writing letters

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asked by
Celina
published
19 days ago

I will be sending maybe 5 or 6 Christmas cards to Poland (which is only a very small percentage of all the relatives I have in Poland) and I would like to know some Christmas wishes/sayings that I can write in the cards.

I also thought about writing some letters to send with the cards but I don't know how to write letters in Polish. I've only met the people I'm sending the cards to once in my life (in July 2019) so I don't know them well as I wish to have. Maybe I should ask them questions in Polish to get to them a little or tell them about a possible trip to Poland in summer 2021 (if it's safe to travel by then) and places I might want to visit, but I don't know how to really talk about that in Polish.

I also thought about sending them a small list of some words and phrases I know and can remember in Polish so that they know what I know for when I visit them again (my relatives don't know English).

3 answers
answered by
Ania Marysia
published
18 days ago

There are places, even online, where you can buy the greatest polish Christmas cards which may be something wonderful for you to purchase." z powazaniem!

answered by
Paulina
published
18 days ago

Hi Celina. Thank you for your great question. I will try to answer it. First, let's get into sending Christmas cards to family. On such a card you usually write: "Merry Christmas" (Wesołych świąt Bożego Narodzenia). Such wishes can be combined with wishes for the New Year, viz:"Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year" (Wesołych świąt Bożego Narodzenia i szczęśliwego Nowego Roku). Other phrases used to celebrate Christmas are: " Have a healthy and cheerful Christmas" (Zdrowych i pogodnych świąt Bożego Narodzenia), "Have the most beautiful Christmas" (Najpiękniejszych świąt Bożego Narodzenia). These are just phrases for wishes.Below I give some examples of wishes for Christmas cards: - Merry Christmas! Lots of delicious food, loads of presents and smiles. (Wesołych Świąt! Dużo pysznego jedzenia, masy prezentów i uśmiechów). - I hope Santa is extra good to you this year, because you deserve all the best. Merry Christmas. (Mam nadzieję, że Mikołaj w tym roku jest wyjątkowo dobry dla Ciebie, ponieważ zasługujesz na wszystko, co najlepsze. Wesołych Świąt Bożego Narodzenia). - I can't believe it's been so long since we last saw each other! It is far too long and I hope to see you soon. In the meantime, eat an extra batch of dumplings for me. Have a happy and cheerful Christmas (Nie mogę uwierzyć, że minęło tyle czasu, odkąd się ostatnio widzieliśmy! Jest to zdecydowanie za długo i mam nadzieję, że wkrótce się zobaczymy. Tymczasem zjedz za mnie dodatkową porcję pierogów. Wesołych i pogodnych świąt). - Christmas will not be the same without you, but I wish you a beautiful Christmas nonetheless.I miss you. (Boże Narodzenie bez Was nie będzie takie samo, ale mimo wszystko życzę Wam pięknych świąt. Tęsknię za Wami). - We may not spend Christmas together this year, but remember you will still be in my heart. (Może nie spędzimy razem tegorocznych świąt Bożego Narodzenia, ale pamiętajcie, że wciąż będziecie w moim sercu).

Of course, these are just sample wishes for cards, you can use the phrases you know and remember. It will be a great language exercise for you. As for writing the letter. There are a few rules you should remember when writing a letter in Polish. When writing a letter, in the upper right corner of the sheet of paper, write the name of the town or city and the date of writing the letter. In the middle of the card write a headline, e.g. "Hi Dears!"(Cześć Kochani), "Hi Auntie and Uncle". Below, the letter should consist of three parts separated by three paragraphs. The first paragraph is the introduction, in which you can thank the person you are writing to for a previous letter or parcel or write about the reason for writing the letter. The second paragraph is the actual part of the letter. Here you can write about what has happened to you, your plans and also that you hope to meet. The third paragraph is the conclusion, which you can end with a greeting. Under this you usually write : "Greetings" ("Pozdrawiam"), "Hugs and kisses" ("Ściskam i całuję mocno"), or "Kisses and kisses" ("Ślę buziaki") and your signature.

A postscript may also appear underneath your signature, which is something you forgot about in the body of the letter, so you can write about it here.

You can send both letters and Christmas cards in the traditional way at the post office, putting them in an envelope and addressing them with the addressee on the envelope. But you can also send a letter by e-mail or a virtual card.For example, you can prepare it in a graphics program and send it by e-mail. There are also lots of websites with ready-made Christmas card templates that you can use to send to your family and friends. I hope that these tips have helped you.

answered by
Ania Marysia
published
17 days ago

I am sure you know to mail early because getting it to Poland takes a long time especially with the pandemic, the mail is really slow!

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