What makes Christmas merry? A brief history of yuletide adjectives | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
The word merry can be used in British English as a synonym for “tipsy”, and historically, the Christmas season was a time of intemperate revelry. Those aspects of the holiday were among the reasons it was banned by 17th- and 18th-century Puritans in both England the New England colonies, and they concerned the Victorian temperance movement as well. The success of the campaign for “Happy Christmas” in England may explain the greater popularity of that phrase in the British Isles to this day. From Happy Easter to Happy Halloween to countless Happy Birthdays, our felicitations hardly vary from one celebration to the next. Christmas is the not