December 9, 2012

Nowadays the word “merry” means “jolly,” “cheerful,” “lively,” or “happy.” Few people realize that the original definition of the word meant something slightly different. When the English coined the phrase, “Merry Christmas,” merry meant “pleasant,” “delightful,” or “joyful.”  When used to describe a holiday, the word “merry” signaled that it was a time of festivity or rejoicing!

When greeting one another with the phrase “Merry Christmas,” the English were wishing each other a festive and joyful holiday.

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