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Wednesday, 13 November 2019 22:15

Correct way for greeting Christmas

Merry Christmas or Happy Christmas?

For many Christians and non-believers, the month of December is mostly associated with the music from Boney M or Jim Rev collection in the shopping mall or any party and often greets each other “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Christmas”. But have you ever stopped to wonder where the phrase "Merry Christmas" comes from? In a world where it's normal to say "Happy Easter" and "Happy Birthday," the "merry" in "Merry Christmas" is unique.

How Christmas greeting started?

We wish people a 'Happy Birthday', and if you're in the USA in November and December you might say 'Happy Holidays', so why do we say 'Merry Christmas' more often than 'Happy Christmas'?!

Saying 'Merry Christmas' rather than 'Happy Christmas' seems to go back several hundred years. It's first recorded in 1534 when John Fisher (an English Catholic Bishop in the 1500s) wrote it in a Christmas letter to Thomas Cromwell: "And this our Lord God send you a mery Christmas, and a comfortable, to your heart’s desire."

There's also the carol "God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen" which dates back to the 16th century in England. It comes from the West Country in England and it was first published in the form we know it today in 1760.

In the English language of the time, the phrase 'Rest You Merry' didn't mean simply to be happy; 'rest' meant "to keep, cause to continue to remain" and 'merry' could mean "pleasant, bountiful, prosperous". So you could write the first line as "[May] God keep you and continue to make you successful and prosperous, Gentlemen" but that would be hard to sing!

The comma in the phrase should be AFTER the 'merry' not BEFORE it! But it's often put after the merry which changes the meaning to make 'merry Gentleman' and so a 'Merry Christmas'!

The term 'Merry Christmas' might well have been made very popular in 1843 from two different sources.

The first Christmas Card, sent in 1843 by Sir Henry Cole, had this wording on it: "A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to You".

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens was also published in 1843 and the phrase 'Merry Christmas' appears 21 times in the book! Charles Dickens also quoted "God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen" in A Christmas Carol, but changed it to: "God bless you, merry gentleman! May nothing you dismay!" moving the comma to before the merry!

The Carol "We Wish You a Merry Christmas [and a Happy New Year]" is another old carol from the 'West Country' (South West England) but was only first published in 1935 and this probably confirmed the use of 'Merry Christmas' over 'Happy Christmas'.

Source: whychristmas.com

 

Saturday, 02 July 2016 16:32

Orphan/ Half Orphan - Of all age group

The words Half Orphan here refer to a person who had lost at least ONE parent, but not necessarily death. Your mother or your father is not traceable; you did not know who your other parent is? You’ve seen once, you know him/her but not taking any responsibilities or taking care of anymore. In other words, you lost contact of your half parent in your life.

Saturday, 02 July 2016 16:32

Life of Widows and Widowers

On our day to day life we see that women are far more likely to be widowed and stay single than remarry when it compare to men widower and statistically this show true in many survey done by different organization around the globe. According to Wikipedia source, becoming a widow is often a very detrimental and life changing time in a spouse's life, that forces them to go through changes that they may not have anticipated to make for a significant amount of time. Responses of grief and bereavement due to the loss of a spouse increases vulnerability to psychological and physical illnesses. 

Thursday, 30 June 2016 22:30

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Thursday, 30 June 2016 21:47

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