18 December 2009

Christmas Wish #2

Have a Mighty Christmas!!

"For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace."
                                            ~Isaiah 9:6

(my collection of nutcracker soldiers)

I know, I know....  "Have a Mighty Christmas"!  Must be typo, right?  Well, no. Not really.

You see, in the archaic Olde English, the word "merry" was a synonym for "mighty".  So when one wished another "Merry Christmas" what they were saying was, have a strong, mighty Christmas. Think of the Christmas Carol "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen".  "Rest" to be in the protection and grace of God, and be merry - "strong".  It sheds a whole different meaning to "Robinhood and his merry men"!  In fact, the term "merry" was used to describe armies and fighting men.   

So, for this Christmas season, I would like to wish you all a Mighty Christmas!!!