"Merry Christmas"

Barbara Need nee1 at MIDWAY.UCHICAGO.EDU
Sat Dec 25 19:47:59 UTC 2004

>a correspondent asks, in a message with the header "Happy Christmas":
>Why do USAns usually say '"merry" Christmas'?
>Okay, not "why", but where did the tradition start?
>i'm away from my dictionary trove, but a quick on-line search nets me
>nothing, though i suspect the OED has the goods on this.

I was recently rereading an Agatha Christie in which someone wishes
another person "Merry Christmas", so the question may be, when the
British start saying "Happy Christmas"?


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