Happy Christmas vs. Merry Christmas

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Sat Dec 25 20:50:09 UTC 2010

At 12/25/2010 01:01 PM, Charles C Doyle wrote:
>I am reasonably certain the the copy of "The Night  before
>Christmas" that I read (and, earlier, was read) as a child (c1950)
>had Santa saying, as he drove out of sight, "Happy Christmas to all,
>and to all a good night."

Why don't you check?

>From: American Dialect Society [ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU] on behalf of
>David A. Daniel [dad at POKERWIZ.COM]
>Sent: Saturday, December 25, 2010 4:44 AM
> >My direct contact with Brits and Britspeak goes back to 1967. I have, from
> >that time till now, observed that Brits say Happy while Americans say
> >The British song does not go "God rest ye *happy* Gentlemen".  (I
> >omit the moveable comma.)
>Well, not sure what "merry gentlemen" has to do with merry Christmas, but
>then... But, if anyone on the ground in the UK wants to go out and take a
>poll I'll be willing to bet money that Happy Christmases will outnumber
>Merry Christmases by a lot. I won a thousand pounds once making a similar
>bet about soccer, so beware...  If interested, here is John Lennon singing
>Happy Christmas, and writing it on his sign, while all the little American
>kids sing "Merry Christmas" when it is their turn.
>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hb2YSAVHmIE Worth a listen in any case.
>Brought genuine tears to my eyes.
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