The 1st Word of Christmas: Happy

I realize there are some for whom this season is not a happy one. Certainly the reasons vary, but that fact is the precise reason I’ve undertaken this project. While happiness is certainly a part of the celebration, there is much more to the season. Seeking grace, hope and patience in life are just as important as happiness, joy and laughter.

Carl Jung says, “Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness, and the word happy would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness.” There is no sin in being happy. But it’s important to recognize that sadness is sometimes necessary to make our happiness all the sweeter.

And while we’re on the topic of happy, I’ve often wondered why Brits prefer to say Happy Christmas rather than Merry Christmas. Here’s why: the change in phraseology began in the late 19th century, about the same time the word “merry” became synonymous with tipsy or drunk. There you have it and now we all know.

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