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    Question Why UK journalist writes "Happy Christmas"?

    Happy Christmas! And welcome, to Brown's Blunderland
    RICHARD LITTLEJOHN: Happy Christmas! And welcome, to Brown's Blunderland | Mail Online

    This is the title of an article by a journalist in the Daily Mail (UK). I think it is usual to say say Merry Christmas. Is it usual to say "Happy Christmas"? If no, why did the journalist write so? Thanks!


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    Re: Why UK journalist writes "Happy Christmas"?

    Another example of the excess that PC is taken to. This has become quite common, because 'merry' has connotations of being affected by alcohol, of being slightly and good-humouredly drunk.

    Hence, to wish someone "Merry Christmas" is taken as tantamount to encouraging them to both drink, and over-imbibe.

    Ohhhhhhhhh. Ignore them. Wish away!!

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    Re: Why UK journalist writes "Happy Christmas"?

    Quote Originally Posted by David L. View Post
    Another example of the excess that PC is taken to.
    What does "excess that PC is taken to" mean?



    This has become quite common, because 'merry' has connotations of being affected by alcohol, of being slightly and good-humouredly drunk.

    Hence, to wish someone "Merry Christmas" is taken as tantamount to encouraging them to both drink, and over-imbibe.
    I just looked up my dictionary and found there' s indeed an entry of merry which refers to drunk.

    So is it just a new tendency to say that? Or most native speakers say "Happy Christmas today?

    Ohhhhhhhhh. Ignore them. Wish away!!
    What does "them" refer to?

    Thanks!


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    Re: Why UK journalist writes "Happy Christmas"?

    PC : political correctness.

    Ignore them: those who would insist that 'merry' be replaced by 'happy'.
    Save 'happy' for birthdays and anniversaries so we can make Christmas different and very special. I associate 'merry' with 'jolly' and 'jolly' with a chuckling Santa Claus - that's what I want for children at Christmas!

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    Re: Why UK journalist writes "Happy Christmas"?

    Quote Originally Posted by David L. View Post
    PC : political correctness.

    Ignore them: those who would insist that 'merry' be replaced by 'happy'.
    Save 'happy' for birthdays and anniversaries so we can make Christmas different and very special. I associate 'merry' with 'jolly' and 'jolly' with a chuckling Santa Claus - that's what I want for children at Christmas!
    Thank you for your help again, David L.. Merry Christmas to you in advance.

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    Re: Why UK journalist writes "Happy Christmas"?

    Hi, Daffodil!

    I respectfully disagree with David's statement that 'merry' has connotations of being affected by alcohol, of being slightly and good-humouredly drunk.

    Hence, to wish someone "Merry Christmas" is taken as tantamount to encouraging them to both drink, and over-imbibe.


    Alcohol definitely does not have to be part of a merry Christmas celebration!

    Please see the following link for an explanation of holiday greetings:

    Holiday greetings - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Best wishes to you and your family for a happy holiday season!

    Cheers,
    Amigo

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    Re: Why UK journalist writes "Happy Christmas"?

    Quote Originally Posted by amigos4 View Post
    Hi, Daffodil!

    I respectfully disagree with David's statement that 'merry' has connotations of being affected by alcohol, of being slightly and good-humouredly drunk.

    Hence, to wish someone "Merry Christmas" is taken as tantamount to encouraging them to both drink, and over-imbibe.


    Alcohol definitely does not have to be part of a merry Christmas celebration!

    Please see the following link for an explanation of holiday greetings:

    Holiday greetings - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Best wishes to you and your family for a happy holiday season!

    Cheers,
    Amigo
    Hi Amigos,
    I took Davids post to mean that we shouldn't necessarily associate 'merry' with alcohol and drunkenness, but that certain PC people make that association. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

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    Re: Why UK journalist writes "Happy Christmas"?

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Hi Amigos,
    I took Davids post to mean that we shouldn't necessarily associate 'merry' with alcohol and drunkenness, but that certain PC people make that association. Merry Christmas to you and yours.
    I stand corrected, bhaisahab! Thank you for clarifying the point!

    Cheers,
    Amigo

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    Re: Why UK journalist writes "Happy Christmas"?

    Hi Amigo,

    Thank you for your inputs.


    Best wishes to you and Bhaisahab and your families for a happy holiday season!


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    Re: Why UK journalist writes "Happy Christmas"?

    A happy holiday season to you too daffodils.

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