And I would be remiss to not mention that “merry” used to mean much more than happiness, gaiety and the like. It used to mean “strength” or “strong.” Makes Robin Hood and his band of strong men seem a little more serious, doesn’t it? In the song “God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen” the meaning is quite straightforward: The writer wishes the reader to rest in God’s strength.
Wherever you may be, may you have a most excellent Christmas Day. Here in Monroe, South Dakota, we are watching as yet more snow comes down from the north and the wind (in collusion with trees and buildings) sculpts many a powder drift across the yards and roads of our small town.
Merry, Merry Christmas from our cabin to yours!