A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from December 19, 2018
“Merry everything and a happy always”

"Merry everything and a happy always” is a Christmas saying—inspired by “Merry Christmas and a happy New Year”—that has been printed on many images. An explanation of the origin of the saying was printed in The Star-News (Chula Vista, CA), “Boxing Day thoughts” by Jackie Dewey, on December 28, 1980:

“My wish for my readers, stolen from one of my pet Christmas cards this year, idea by ‘Ziggy,’ for American Greetings:

“‘MERRY EVERYTHING AND HAPPY ALWAYS!’”


“Merry everything and a Happy always” was posted on Twitter by Mark Sonder on December 31, 2009.


24 December 1980, El Paso (TX) Times, pg. 6-C, col. 8 ad:
TO ROSEMARY:

MERRY EVERYTHING AND HAPPY ALWAYS!

FROM ANN

28 December 1980, The Star-News (Chula Vista, CA), “Boxing Day thoughts” by Jackie Dewey, pg. D-1, col. 5:
My wish for my readers, stolen from one of my pet Christmas cards this year, idea by “Ziggy,” for American Greetings:

“MERRY EVERYTHING AND HAPPY ALWAYS!”

30 November 1981, Chicago (IL) Tribune, pg. B5, col. 1 ad:
Merry everything...and happy always.
(Kroch’s and Brentano’s.—ed.)

11 December 1993, Los Angeles (CA) Times, pg. N4, col. 1 ad:
Our Country Shoppe
Merry Everything!
Happy Always!

Google Books
A Gift of Sharing:
A Celebration of Christmas and Chanukah

By Deborah Raffin
Los Angeles, CA: Dove Books
1996
Pg. 96:
Each year the invitation is different, depending on my most recent book, but the message is always the same — Merry everything and happy always.

26 May 2002, Boston (MA) Globe, “Cheryl A. Creonte, Teacher’s Aide, at 38 (obituary), pg. 7:
A friend, Gretchen Lucas, has kept a Christmas card in which Mrs. Creonte wrote, “Merry Everything, Happy Always.”

2 December 2006, Chicago (IL) Tribune, “Merry Everything” by Joanna Rens, pg. 25:
We find the desires of letter writers J. Boven and Gerry Serratore (Voice of the people, Nov. 28) to own the entire holiday season and begrudge others their good wishes the most un-Christian attitude imaginable. Nevertheless, in the loving spirit of the season, we wish them both “Merry Everything and Happy Always.”

Twitter
David Teicher
@Aerocles
Non-Denominational, Politically Correct Holiday Greetings courtesy of @RaToTheBec: “Merry Everything, Happy Always.”
9:55 AM - 23 Dec 2008

Twitter
Mark Sonder
@marksonder
The LPT Drifters wish you a Merry everything and a Happy always.  See you in 2010!  Photo below from The MGM Grand… http://fb.me/74Edgvh
6:08 PM - 31 Dec 2009

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Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityHolidays/Events/Parades • Wednesday, December 19, 2018 • Permalink