"Merry Christmas"

Arnold M. Zwicky zwicky at CSLI.STANFORD.EDU
Sat Dec 25 19:35:56 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.


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