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Merry Christmas in Sign Language – Video and Image Included

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Today, we’re going to learn how to say Merry Christmas in sign language. Even if it’s the holiday season or not, it’s never too late to learn to wish. Bring a smile to your loved ones’ faces with your British sign language prowess! Your efforts will bring Christmas for them any day of the year.

To know more about the British Sign Language, check out the blog, “How to Learn BSL? Beginner to Advanced“.

So, let’s get started.

Merry Christmas in Sign Language

Watch the video embedded below.

Don’t be concerned if it’s too quick for you. We will discuss each stage in-depth down below.

Does it seem too complicated? If yes, that’s because there are two words here: ‘ merry’ and ‘Christmas’. When you learn these two words separately, it’ll become easy for you.

So first, the word ‘merry’. Although the sign for ‘merry’ is a bit different, we’ll substitute it with ‘happy’ for convenience.


Take a look at this video. The person here is signing the word ‘happy’.

Now follow these steps.

BSL tutor sitting

1. Start with a normal posture.

BSL tutor signing Happy with both the hands close to her chest

2. Raise both of your hands to your chest. Make a clapping motion with your flat hands.

3. Keep both hands at a 90-degree angle to one another. As a result, they will virtually contact at a cross angle.

BSL tutor with both the hands joint

4. Only connect your palm while doing this sign.

5. Repeat the motion twice.


Now, take a look at this video down below. The person here is signing the word ‘Christmas’.

Let’s break it down for you.

 A male BSL interpreter with right hand above left hand's fist

1. Keep a fist in one hand. Lay down the flat palm of your other hand on your fist. Look at the image above for reference.

BSl interpreter showing hand gesture of Christmas

2. Now, sweep your flat palm backwards. It’ll look like you’re trying to brush the dust off of your fist with your other hand.

BSL interpreter showing final posture Christmas

3. Now curl your flat palm into a fist too.

4. Lay it down on your other fist like the image above.

Once you’re done learning both of these words, just sign ‘happy’ first and then ‘Christmas’ to wish “Happy Christmas” to someone. It doesn’t seem complicated anymore, right?

One more thing, since you’ll be wishing for a happy holiday, it goes without saying that keeping a nice smile will add a lot of emotion to your greeting.

Check out the difference between American Sign Language and British Sign Language here.


So, that’s how we say ‘Merry Christmas’ in sign language. Remember, sign language is visual. Thus, always keep yourself and your gestures visible to the people you’re signing to. Also, say the words as you’re signing them and practice regularly, so you don’t forget the signs.

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