English translation: do your yuletide chores with Christmas cheer
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16:54 Nov 12, 2008
French to English translations [PRO] Marketing - General / Conversation / Greetings / Letters
French term or phrase:mêler l'utile à l'agréable
This isn't about mixing business with pleasure!
It's the opening line in a blurb about French Christmas markets:
"Mêler l'utile à l'agréable ? C'est possible grâce aux marchés de Noël..."
So we get our Christmas shopping done and come home with a tummy full of mulled wine too ;-)
I am totally at a loss as to anything catchy that conveys this idea.
Many thanks for your inspiration!
I feel like a real Scrooge, having zero inspiration and seeing all these great ideas. Thanks so much! Many of them could have worked though Emma's "chores and cheer" really did it for me, especially as someone who sees Christmas shopping as a bit of a chore. Bah humbug! Thanks Emma and everyone. 4 KudoZ points were awarded for this answer
I initially saw this in relation to gifts that you buy people for Christmas: buying practical, fun gifts (combining practicality with pleasure. Isn't that why you're going to the this area to shop? Practical shopping is being practical gifts, no?
Reading further along into the text... this is for a hotel and the "mêler l'utile à l'agréable" comes up elsewhere in a more general sense (we make the everyday fun / a pleasure, that kind of idea) so if it is at all possible to avoid references specifically to shopping that would be great. I'm sorry not to have thought the question through before posting.
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Let us make the mundane a pleasure/put the fun into functional
Explanation: I feel it's 1 of those which will come to me when I'm in the shower, but here are a couple of suggestions. Good luck :o)
Katy Harris United Kingdom Local time: 13:20 Works in field Native speaker of: English