How to wish a merry Christmas?
Christmas is the kindest and brightest holiday for Christians. Easter, of course, is considered the main religious holiday, but it is much stricter, associated with death and resurrection. And Christmas is joyful and kind - a beautiful baby was born on this day. Therefore, we love this holiday, for its humanity and the introduction of faith in a good future. All Orthodox should know how to wish a merry Christmas to their loved ones and loved ones so that these words will be remembered for a long time.
For your closest people, you need to prepare words that come from your very heart, you must speak them sincerely, with all your heart, with joy. Start your speech with the words “Congratulations on Christmas! Christ is born - praise! ”This is a line from the Christmas canon, it is the best way to start a festive speech. Then tell your family how you love them, and how much you desire for them well-being, pure faith and the fulfillment of all the desires that they offer to the Lord in their prayers.Wish health, spiritual peace, wisdom, understand the acts of God and accept them as correct and the only necessary in their lives. At the time of congratulation, it is customary to give gifts - sculptures of angels, the Star of Bethlehem, lambs of dough, symbolizing the birth of Christ in the barn.
Congratulations to the priest
That's what we do very rarely, so we personally address the words of congratulations on the church holidays to the priests. Therefore, we do not know all the rules how to congratulate a priest on Christmas. And in them nothing complicated. We must turn to the father, as all the parishioners turn to him - “Father Alexander,” for example. If the priest has a dignity, then say "your reverend". Then you can say the same line from canon.
When you address the priest as a spiritual father, you should wish this: “I wish you God's help in your good deeds in praise of the infant Jesus Christ, may all deeds be pleasing to God.”