Inside: As we celebrate Christmas Eve, it only makes sense to say “Merry Christmas.” The greeting has been around for centuries, and it still works today.
In a letter dated December 22, 1534, John Fisher wrote Thomas Cromwell, “And this our Lord God send you a mery Christmas and a comfortable, to your heart’s desire.” (Misspellings intact.) This is the first account of the greeting, and it’s been in use ever since.
When I was growing up, everyone said, “Merry Christmas,” and there was no stigma attached to the words. If I’m being honest, the phrase “Happy Holidays” is a boring, vague, and overused salutation this time of year. It’s used because people don’t want to offend anyone, but, frankly, the phrase offends those of us who long to hear those two special words–“Merry Christmas.”
Might I propose an idea? Let’s be specific. “Merry Christmas” tells you what holiday (which, by the way comes from “holy day”) we’re celebrating. Try out the greeting on someone you love today!
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Tomorrow, The 12 Posts of Christmas, Day 12: Reflections