Christmas day is celebrated on the 25th of December every year. For the Christians this is a pious and holy day for others this is a day of festivity. The feeling and the moods of Christmas sets in with the onset of winter and the preparations commence from at least a week before hand. Houses are decorated with Christmas lights. Christmas trees flood the market areas. People buy them and bring them home to decorate them with their own hands. Accessories for decorating the Christmas trees are also available. The mood is that of celebration and joyous festivities. People sing carols in their houses and spend time with their friends and family. It is that time of the year when people take some time off from their busy schedule to stop and greet each other with Christmas greetings.
The phrase of greeting
People when they see each other on the streets, stop by to wish each other either “Happy Christmas” or “Merry Christmas”. Both these terms are most common in the English spoken countries like that of the United Kingdom, the United States and Australia. This is the standard mode of greeting. It holds true for everyone whether they are Christians or not. A few days before the 25th of December people start greeting each other using these phrases. “Merry Christmas” is essentially an English term. The word merry stems from another word myrige, a term found in the dictionary of old English which implies the meaning pleasant. Christmas, since it is a holy day for Christians, has been celebrated since sometime around the 4th century. However, the standard form of Christmas greeting came into much later, some 10-12 centuries later. It was in a manuscript dating sometime around the latter half of the 16th century that we come across the phrase “merry Christmas” for the very first time. In another later, sometime later the phrase combining the seasons greeting and the Christmas greeting was found. A very popular carol which we hear even today has the phrase “We wish you a merry Christmas and a happy new year”. Thus due to the constant use of these terms the standard mode of conveying Christmas greeting is through this phrase.
The ways of greeting
There are numerous ways of greeting each on Christmas. Sometimes people invite each other over to their homes to celebrate Christmas day together and greet each other mist informally. There are parties thrown too to commemorate the occasion of Christmas and to wish each other well. The most popular way of greeting, so as to speak, is through greeting cards. They are readily available in the market in the weeks leading to Christmas. They can be bought in the store or online and then sent via post or mail. Personalized Christmas greeting cards are also available. Sometimes people also call each other up to wish a merry Christmas on the 25th of December. They send text messages as well. Official letters go from desk to desk wishing each employee a happy Christmas.
People wish each other on Christmas to generate and instill a spirit of harmony.