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Why do we say merry or happy christmas

As December started and if you are in U.S.A ,you might say “happy holidays”,
but on 25th December we wish as “merry Christmas” instead of “happy Christmas”, why?
So where does the word “Merry” comes from?Is not this unique? Normally we say
“happy birthday or”happy anniversary” etc. So the word “merry” in “merry Christmas”
is unique.

It was first recorded in 1534 when John Fisher (an English Catholic Bishop in the 1500) wrote it in a Christmas letter to Thomas Cromwell in 1534 ” and this our Lord God send you  a merry Christmas, and a comfortable, to your heart’s desire.” The first Christmas Card, sent in 1843 by Sir Henry Cole, had this wording on it:  “A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to You”. It is said that “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. 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.

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