You have probably heard plenty of wishes of “Merry Christmas” long before today, the day they refer to. You may even have had some people wish you “Happy Christmas.”
But of course, it takes me to take a look at the difference between the two sayings.
Happy, according to my home dictionary (Webster’s New Twentieth Century — and I know, “new” and that century are clashing a bit), is “1. lucky, fortunate, favored by circumstance; 2. having, showing, or causing a feeling of great pleasure, joy, contentment, etc.; joyous; glad; pleased; satisfied.”
Merry, in the same dictionary, is “1. full of fun and laughter; lively and cheerful; gay; mirthful; 2. festive.”
Well, things have not looked all that full of laughter around here today, but I assure you that I have had fun. I’ve just watched “The Bishop’s Wife,” a 1947 movie with Loretta Young in the title role, David Niven as the bishop, and Cary Grant as the angel. (Like Sally Rogers in the famous Christmas episode of “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” if an angel comes, “I would like to order something Cary Grant-y.”)
So that’ll fit the merry definition. But it is a happy day, too — pleasure, joy and contentment are all here. I’m enjoying anticipating reading at church tomorrow, too. But I’d better go from anticipating to practicing, so good night.
Whether you prefer a merry day or a happy one, I hope Christmas is turning out well for you, dear readers.