#EngVocab #EngKnowledge: Various Christmas Greetings

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Most English-speaking people use ‘merry Christmas’ in their Christmas greetings. There are many options to choose from, as follows:

  1. “Season’s greetings from…”
    According to Dictionary.com, the exact origin of the phrase ‘season’s greetings’ is unknown, but it is predicted to have risen in popularity during the same time as ‘merry Christmas.’
    We normally use ‘season’s greetings’ in writing like cards, texts, or emails, to people who celebrate Christmas and other holidays around the end of the year, starting from Thanksgiving, Hannukah, Kwanzaa, and New Year.
    ‘Season’s greetings’ carries a neutral, non-religious tone, and it can be used interchangeably with ‘happy holidays.’
  2. “Have a very merry Christmas!”
    This Christmas greeting is also mostly used in writing. This sentence means to wish the receiver a joyous Christmas celebration.
  3. “Happy Christmas!”
    When the first Harry Potter movie came out, I was surprised by the use of ‘happy Christmas,’ as I had been more accustomed to ‘merry Christmas.’
    Later, I found out that ‘happy Christmas’ is still widely used in England.
  4. “Merry Christmas!”
    While ‘happy’ is considered an emotional state, ‘merry’ gives a more active or playful connotation. The phrase ‘merry Christmas’ is widely popular in greetings, carols, and Christmas songs.
  5. “Happy holidays!”
    There are several other holidays around Christmas, from Kwanzaa to Hanukkah to Boxing Day and New Year, so we use ‘happy holidays’ as to commemorate all the celebrations that are being observed.

Compiled by @alicesaraswati for @EnglishTips4U on Friday, 24 December 2021.

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