"Merry Christmas and God bless us every one!"
I love my Christmas cards! I notice that from my cards from England, the writer will write "Happy" Christmas, whereas in my cards from my American family and friends, I am wished a "Merry" Christmas.
I have read that the reason behind this is because that Americans fully embraced the story, "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens and since a "merry" Christmas is used so much in that wonderful tale, then that is how it came to be so popular. Now, the only thing about that theory...this same story is, of course, very popular in England also, so why do people there not say "merry" ? It amuses me sometimes that the English language is used and pronounced so very differently in America. For example, did you know that the huge company that you can order books from...you know the one that is also the same name as the mighty river in South America? It is ama-ZAHN in America but in England it is pronounced ama-zun (rhyme last syllable with gun). It is almost as if Americans said, "okay, we will use your language but we will say it like THIS".
Oh well! Potato, Po-tah-to! However, you say it, I do wish you all the very best! If you get the chance, go and look at this post just here. You can see that even SANTA can be prickly! We are all in need of forgiveness, I believe. Merry Christmas/Happy Christmas/Peace and Joy to you all!