“Merry Christmas to all of you.”
Its meanings and variations are:
- As “Merry Christmas”, the traditionally used greeting for Americans, composed of merry (jolly, happy) and Christmas (Old English: Cristes mÃ¦sse, for Christ’s Mass).
- As “Merry Xmas”, usually used to avoid the length of “Merry Christmas“, with the “X” (sometimes controversially) replacing “Christ”. (see Xmas)
- As “Happy Christmas”, an equivalent that is commonly used in the United Kingdom and Ireland, as well as “Merry Christmas”.
- As “Feliz Navidad”, which is the Spanish language equivalent of “Happy Christmas“, but is frequently used in English context. The phrase “Felices Fiestas”, the Spanish language counterpart of “Happy Holidays” has also been used in some Spanish speaking communities.