Irresponsible 20-something Jenny (Anna Kendrick) arrives in Chicago to live with her older brother Jeff (Joe Swanberg), a young filmmaker living a happy existence with his novelist wife Kelly (Melanie Lynskey) and their two-year-old son. Jenny's arrival shakes up their quiet domesticity as she and Jenny's friend from high school Carson (Lena Dunham) instigate an evolution in Kelly's life and career.
In the English language of the time, the phrase 'Rest You Merry' didn't mean simply to be happy; 'rest' meant "to keep, cause to continue to remain" and 'merry' could mean "pleasant, bountiful, prosperous". So you could write the first line as "[May] God keep you and continue to make you successful and prosperous, Gentlemen" but that would be hard to sing! (This also explains why we don't say 'Merry Birthday', because it didn't mean the same as 'happy'.)
Merry Christmas and Happy Christmas are both greetings used during the last part of December, around Christmastime. The first word of each is only capitalized when used as a greeting. When one is speaking of a happy or merry Christmas, the adjectives are lowercase.
Don't they kinda mean the same thing? According to the dictionary, happy means fortunate and convenient while merry means characterized by festivity and rejoicing. So, close... but here's the real difference.
Others believe that "merry" was associated with the rowdiness of the lower classes while "happy" took on a higher class connotation as even the royal family's preferred greeting is "Happy Christmas". On the other hand, early church leaders in Great Britain are believed to have reportedly encouraged Christianity followers to be happy rather than engage in the free-spirited act of "merry-making", a grammatical lesson that even historians tend to believe.
While it is usual, in Italy, to wish a happy Christmas also to people you are not usually in touch with, this is most commonly done over the phone or, now that smartphones are ubiquitous, by text message or WhatsApp chat.
The adjective "froh" is the German translation of "happy," so the literal translation of "Frohe Weihnachten" would be "Happy Christmas." It changes its form into "frohe" because the noun "Weihnachten" is feminine in German.
As Christmas and New Year's Eve create a holiday season in Germany, you will also hear the greeting "Ein Frohes Fest!" (happy Christmas celebration) as well as "Frohe Feiertage!" or "Frohe Festtage!" (happy holidays).
There are many more New Year's greetings, but the most well-known one, aside from "frohes neues Jahr" (happy New Year), is "guten Rutsch!" The greeting literally means "a good slide" in English, but the meaning is "a good start to the new year."
Use the season's greetings we showed you above to speak with the locals. You can use them especially as a farewell, by saying "Fröhliche Weihnachten," "ein frohes Fest," or "frohe Feiertage" (happy holidays) to people before you leave.
Moreover, Latvian people cook their favorite Christmas day meal every year: brown peas with delicious bacon sauce, bacon rolls, gingerbread, small pies, and sausages. In short, Christmas in Latvia is as exciting as ever. It will be a lifetime Christmas day experience in Latvia, so capture every happy moment in your camera roll.
It is a tradition to wish Christmas along with New year in every country; hence, Laimīgu Jauno gadu (Happy new year) is something you should know. For instance, Priecīgus Ziemassvētkus un laimīgu jauno gadu jums, a Merry Christmas and a happy new year to you. 041b061a72