Merry Christmas is said in many different ways the world over, here’s a little etymology in regards to the most popular form that the world knows.
Merry Christmas in modern English comes from the Old English Gesælige Cristesmæsse!
Christmas is during the old Winter festival of Yule so another way of saying it might have been “Have a Good Yule!” which sounds a lot like how people in Scandinavia say it today.
- Old English: Gód geól!
- Swedish / Norwegian: God jul
- Danish: Glædelig jul
- Icelandic: Gleðileg jól
- Finnish: Hyvää Joulua