Skip to comments.Weekly Update: A Special Christmas Message from Judicial Watch
Posted on 12/23/2017 9:01:53 AM PST by jazusamo
By Tom Fitton
We might be tempted by current events to feel less than merry this Christmas. Our work on your behalf at Judicial Watch this year has certainly taken us down dark alleys where those in power would hide their misdeeds, a less than cheerful business.
So let me share a bit of history about the expression Merry Christmas to lighten our hearts for the holidays.
We can trace the expression Merry Christmas to England in 1534 when John Fisher writes it in a letter to Thomas Cromwell:
And this our Lord God send you a merry Christmas, and a comfortable, to your hearts desire.
In this year life in England is brutal. Epidemics of dysentery, tuberculosis, influenza and the mysterious sweating sickness sweep the land. Henry VIII executes thousands for large or small offenses. Thought crimes against him could be fatal. To reach 40 is considered a long life.
And yet someone proclaims Merry Christmas.
The use of the term merry next gets an endorsement in 1843 in Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol. And the first commercial Christmas card the same year announces A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to You.
Yet in England in this year millions of working poor toil long hours in mines, factories and docks if they can find work. Children labor in the factories to survive. Large families crowd into single rooms, living on a diet of dry bread, onions, and milk.
Still, the people share a Merry Christmas.
One more curiosity about this word merry. To us it means happy and cheerful. It is derived from the Old English myrge, which meant pleasing, agreeable. But that word is derived from the Proto-Germanic murgijaz, which probably meant short lasting. The connection to pleasure is likely through the notion of time flies when youre having fun.
Thus in our wishing Merry Christmas there is the unspoken element of time. And so it should be. The Scriptures tell us that, when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son. It happened in the darkness, Mary being forced by order of Caesar Augustus to travel by donkey just as her Son is due, and to deliver in a stable, a poor mans accommodation.
In the fullness of time. Im reminded daily in our work that everything takes more time than we would wish, especially when those in power resist our exposing their malfeasance.
Yet the great event of history we now celebrate the arrival of a bright star over a dark stable came in its own good time. Christian or not, Im sure most agree our Creator has a correct moment for everything. We are the impatient ones.
Let us then take the strife of our day and our imperfect leaders as a blessing, a shadowy backdrop that makes the hope-filled light of this season ever more brilliant.
So, it is my pleasure, on behalf of the Judicial Watch family, to wish you and yours a Merry Christmas!
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A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to You Jaz. As good a greeting now as it was in 1843... thanks for a great post...
God Bless Judicial Watch with victory for the American people. Let up pray that all godly men in government be convicted in their heart and work to drain our (local/state/federal) swamps of their putrid creatures.
We are very fortunate indeed to have this organization working tirelessly to ferret out corruption.
They are doing the work that the AG should be doing. But with the level of corruption there must make that unlikely.
However, the Trump administration should cooperate with JW and not throw legal roadblocks in their way.
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Thanks for posting. Merry Christmas to all on FR.
Yet, Brits usually say “Happy Christmas”.... that never does sound right to me.
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