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Where Did That Come From - Why do we say Merry Christmas?
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The earliest known use of the term “Merry Christmas,” dates back to 1535 when Bishop John Fisher used it in a letter to Thomas Cromwell, King Henry VIII’s chief minister. Not long after that the English song, “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” was written, and the older term, “Happy Christmas,” was all but forgotten, except by the British Royal Family.

But the reason “merry” was likely used by Bishop Fisher, and why it has become so popular, is because being merry has to do with one’s attitude, not merely a state of being. Being merry denotes a sense of merriment and festivity.

By remembering the true meaning of Christmas we should be joyful, which is another word for merry.

So this Christmas think about the reason we have to be joyful. Jesus is the reason for the season.

So Merry Christmas! I hope it is filled with joy, everyone, and Happy New Year! I hope the next year is a very happy one, indeed, for each of my readers!

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