Weihnachtskarten: Hinter „Merry Christmas“ steckt dann doch mehrLesezeit: 1 Minute
Why don’t we just wish a "Happy Christmas"? It seems we always wish a Merry Christmas or a Very Merry Christmas on English Christmas cards. Apparently, the answer is quite simple. Henry Cole, museum director at a London museum, had these exact words printed on his very first Christmas card.
In 1843, Cole asked the artist by the name of John Calcott Horsley to design a Christmas card. The card showed a family scene with parents and children sharing food and clothing with others less well off. The greeting read "Merry Christmas and a happy New Year to you".
These words have survived to this day and are still used on English Christmas cards. "Merry" means more than just happy. We use it in the sense of pleasant, cheerful, good humor and good spirits.
To learn more about writing Christmas cards in English, visit the following websites:
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