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Merry Christmas!


Before some audiences not even the possession of the exactest knowledge will make it easy for what we say to produce conviction. For argument based on knowledge implies instruction, and there are people whom one cannot instruct. - Aristotle

Posted Dec 25, 2016, 12:00 pm
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To live with the Saints in Heaven is all bliss and glory....To live with the saints on Earth is just another story!  (unknown)

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This is nothing I can explain but to me the sound of the words "Merry Christmas" sound somehow shallow. We usually say "Happy Christmas" or "Have a happy and holy Christmas". So I decided to do a search and came up with

Have You Ever Wondered Why We Say "Merry Christmas" Instead of "Happy Christmas"?
After all, you don't wish your friends a "Merry Birthday" each year.


As December 25th approaches, we've found ourselves saying "Merry Christmas" to everyone from our grocery store cashier to our family members. But have you ever stopped to wonder where the phrase "Merry Christmas" comes from? In a world where it's normal to say "Happy Easter" and "Happy Birthday," the "merry" in "Merry Christmas" is unique.

The folks at Mental Floss recently pondered the same question and found that the answer goes back to the connotation of the two words. "Happy" is an emotional condition, while "merry" is a behavior.

Furthermore, happy, which came from the word "hap," meaning luck or chance implies good-fortune. Meanwhile, "merry" implies a more active showing of happiness—which you might think of as merry-making.

While both words have evolved and changed meaning over time (yes—people did once say "Happy Christmas"), people stopped using "merry" as its own individual word during the 18th and 19th centuries. It stuck around in common phrases like "the more, the merrier," as well as in things like Christmas carols and stories, largely due to the influence of Charles Dickens. The Victorian Christmas went on to define many of today's holiday customs.

Of course, "Happy Christmas" hasn't faded completely—it's still widely used in England. This is believed to be because "happy" took on a higher class connotation than "merry," which was associated with the rowdiness of the lower classes. The royal family adopted "Happy Christmas" as their preferred greeting and others took note.

Meanwhile, "Merry Christmas" took on sentimental meaning in the U.S. —even hearing "merry" on its own now makes us think of December 25th.

Anyway, a happy and a holy Christmas to Matthew, Mater Dominici, and all my friends at CathInfo. I hope you will have a merry time with family and friends.

Posted Dec 25, 2016, 10:14 pm
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