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Anonymous asked in Society & CultureHolidaysChristmas · 2 months ago

Why do we say "Merry Christmas" but happy for all other holidays including Hanukkah ?

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    2 months ago
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    "Happy" is high class; "merry" is low class. 

    Christmas was the poor man's holiday and they wanted to make the most of it. But happy tends toward quiet contentment and merry toward revelry. Making merry includes festive activities such as dancing, eating rich foods, and playing games with friends. https://www.csmonitor.com/The-Culture/In-a-Word/20...

    Source(s): "happy" took on a higher class connotation than "merry," which was associated with the rowdiness of the lower classes. The royal family adopted "Happy Christmas" as their preferred greeting, and others took note. https://www.countryliving.com/life/a37128/origin-o...
  • 2 months ago

    Actually, "Happy Christmas" is popular in England.

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