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Merry Christmas or Happy Christmas?

Pulished on Nov. 18, 2020

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We wish people "Happy Birthday". If you are in the United States in November and December, you might say "Happy Holidays", so why do we say "Merry Christmas" more than "Happy Christmas"?

Saying "Merry Christmas" instead of "Happy Christmas" seems to go back hundreds of years. It was first recorded in 1534, when John Fisher (British Catholic Bishop in the 1500s) wrote in a Christmas letter to Thomas Cromwell: "This is The Christmas season our God has given you will satisfy you."

Merry Christmas or Happy Christmas?

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There is also the carol "God, gentlemen, please", which can be traced back to England in the 16th century. It came from Western countries in England and was first published in 1760 in the form we know today.

In English at the time, the word "Rest You Merry" did not just mean to be happy. "Rest" means "keep it, and make it continue to exist", and "happiness" means "pleasant, rich, and prosperous." Therefore, you can write the first line as "[May God bless you and continue to make you successful and prosperous, gentlemen", but it is difficult to sing!

The comma in the phrase should come after "happy", not before it! But it is often placed after happiness, thus changing the meaning, making it a "happy gentleman" and therefore "Merry Christmas"!

The term "Merry Christmas" probably became very popular in 1843 from two different sources.

Sir Henry Cole sent the first Christmas card in 1843 with the words: "Merry Christmas and Happy New Year".

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