When was the phrase Merry Christmas first used?The exact origin is unclear but the word 'mery' is associated with Christmas from the 1500s. The carol God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen was first published in 1833.
What happened in 1843?Two key events established Merry Christmas as one of the most commonly used expressions in the English language: the first commercially produced Christmas card and the publication Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol.
Why were Christmas cards important?
Exchanging cards with the slogan 'Merry Christmas' quickly became an established Victorian 'tradition' of Christmas.
And A Christmas Carol? What about Bah Humbug?
The publication of A Christmas Carol on December 17, 1843, was an immediate and enduring publishing sensation. Ironically it has been Scrooge who has established the universality of the phrase 'Merry Christmas' in the popular imagination.