Why 'merry' is really a blessing
At Christmas, we are dazzled by the shopping lights of the season. We tend to forget that Jesus Christ, the true light of the world, is present. Wishing each other a 'Merry Christmas' helps us to recall and stay fixed on our true joy.
The English word 'merry' originally meant something more along the lines of 'blessed' or 'peaceful' rather than revelry.
Thus 'Merry Christmas', when spoken to one another, is a blessing. Let us greet one another often with this blessing to strengthen our certainty that the Lord came among us.