Christmas is less than a month away and we’re finding it really hard to contain our excitement. We totally can’t wait to shout “Merry Christmas” to everyone, right from the cashier of our grocery store to our family members. And if you’re going through the same thing, you’ll be delighted to find our free printable Merry Christmas coloring pages.
Before going to the list of Merry Christmas coloring images, we want to ask you something. Have you ever wondered, why we say Merry Christmas and not Happy Christmas? Just think! We normally use happy for every occasion or holiday, for example, Happy Birthday or Happy Kwanzaa. But why is it so different for Christmas. You’d be surprised to know that the connotation boils down to two words. While Happy is an emotional condition, Merry is a behavior. Merry implies an active showcase of happiness, for instance, merry-making.
It’s not that people never said Happy Christmas. In olden times, particularly in the 18th and 19th centuries, people stopped using the term ‘merry’ for Christmas and used ‘happy’ instead. Even today, Happy Christmas hasn’t faded completely, so we’ve included a couple of Happy Christmas coloring pages as well. Furthermore, Happy Christmas is still used widely in England, as the term happy is believed to sound classier than merry. Even the royal family have adopted ‘Happy Christmas’ as their preferred greeting.
The carol, “We wish you a Merry Christmas” made the phrase even more popular with the masses. The carol was composed in England in the 16th century, so you can very well fathom how popular the phrase must have become. And today, Mariah Carey should be given the credit for increasing its popularity.
I think we have given you enough details on Merry and Happy Christmas. It’s time to check out the happening list of free Merry Christmas coloring pictures to print. Check them out.
30 Free Printable Merry Christmas Coloring Pages
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