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Happy Christmas....?

(24 Posts)
Katek Sun 21-Dec-14 20:39:00

Just watched Countryfile and they closed the programme by wishing everyone a happy Christmas. When did we start saying Hapoy Christmas instead of Merry Christmas? It's everywhere.

Pittcity Sun 21-Dec-14 20:42:12

Yes Katek it's a Happy New Year!

Ana Sun 21-Dec-14 20:44:38

What's the problem? Not much difference really - unless you're taking the meaning of 'merry' as being half-cut! tchgrin

Katek Sun 21-Dec-14 20:54:23

That's probably why it doesn't work for don't wish someone a happy Christmas and a happy New Year in the same sentence. You wouldn't write it in a card either.

durhamjen Sun 21-Dec-14 20:55:41

What I have noticed this year is the number of cards wishing me peace at Christmas and in the New Year. It's very much appreciated.
Hope for peace for others, too.

Ana Sun 21-Dec-14 20:56:11

It used to be customary to wish people a 'prosperous' New Year - perhaps that's a bit too optimistic these days...

Nelliemoser Sun 21-Dec-14 21:00:58

I remember the prosperous new year bit. It sounds very mercenary to me in that it seems to just refer to financial gain.
General happiness and well being seems far more important.

Nonu Sun 21-Dec-14 21:07:06

Surely just enjoy sentiments people send.
and don"t dig too deep , looking for hidden meanings , total waste of time
Just enjoy what you get , I most certainly do !!!!!!!!!!

janerowena Sun 21-Dec-14 22:00:59

Happy Christmas has always been in my family's vocabulary ever since I can remember. Merry Christmas, to me, is only in carols and Victorian books. I've just got back from a drinks party where people were calling out 'Have a good Christmas and a happy new year!', which I think is what I hear most often now.

annodomini Sun 21-Dec-14 22:34:20

My personal greeting is for a 'convivial' New Year and people can interpret that as they like!

absent Mon 22-Dec-14 06:10:28

Happy Christmas and a joyous New Year.

PRINTMISS Mon 22-Dec-14 08:11:33

Mine is Joyous Christmas and Happy New Year- same difference absent. It is the thought that matters.

Gagagran Mon 22-Dec-14 08:45:36

Happy Christmas and a Good New Year from moi!

Teetime Mon 22-Dec-14 08:50:51

Whatever! as long as something is said to wish me well I'm happy. I tend towards Merry Christmas and a Wonderful/Good/Better 2015 depending on the circs.

Katek Mon 22-Dec-14 10:12:06

That's my take on it Teetime, has just always been Merry Xmas for us. Wonder if there are regional/country variations?? Americans tend to say Happy Holidays don't they?

Nelliemoser Mon 22-Dec-14 10:55:40

Being "Merry" is very different from being happy. You can be merry and feel unhappy.
I find being wished a Happy whatever is more positive.

Splitting hairs as I go along my way.

grannyactivist Mon 22-Dec-14 11:00:28

My daughter was told off for saying Merry Christmas in an official letter to customers. She was told to put 'Happy' instead. confused Who really cares THAT much?

Pittcity Mon 22-Dec-14 11:23:45

What about being "Happy and Gay"? Not long ago that would have been an acceptable seasonal wish tchgrin

pompa Mon 22-Dec-14 11:35:00

Several of our cards had "Good tidings for Christmas and a Happy New Year." Not a phrase I have heard for a while.

Nonnie Mon 22-Dec-14 12:26:00

I don't care and can't even think what I usually say. Just let's all have a wonderful time whatever expressions we use.

POGS Mon 22-Dec-14 13:42:49

I can honestly say I don't give a fig what word is used just as long as I receive a card with good intentions that will do for me.

loopylou Mon 22-Dec-14 13:46:24

I agree, ' good tidings' is an odd phrase IMO, I associate it with tide times and sailing ( goodness knows why as certainly not into sailing!)

Katek Mon 22-Dec-14 13:59:11

Or 'Merry and bright' Pittcity!

rubysong Mon 22-Dec-14 15:20:17

Any greeting is welcome. I usually put Happy Christmas and a Healthy New Year.