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 31, 2016
“Your Merry Christmas depends on what others do for you; New Year on what you do for others”

A saying about Christmas and New Year’s is:

“Your Merry Christmas may depend upon what others do for you, but your Harry New Year depends on waht you do for others.”

The origin of the saying is unknown. It has been cited in newspapers since at least 1964 and 1966.


24 December 1964, Greeley (MO) Tribune, pg. 14, col. 7 ad: 
Your
MERRY CHRISTMAS
May depend upon what others do for you…
but,
your
Happy New Year
depends upon what you do for others
SEASON’S GREETINGS
Keymen Realty

Old Fulton NY Post Cards
29 December 1966, Clymer (NY) Independent, pg. 1, col. 2:
“Your Merry Christmas may depend upon what others do for you—but your Happy New Year depends upon what you do for others.”

22 December 1976, Fredericksburg (TX) Standard, sec. 4, pg. 3, col. 8:
Your Merry Christmas may depend upon what others do for you...but your Happy New Year depends upon what you do for others.—Author Unknown.

19 December 1992, Aberdeen (SD) American News, pg. 5A, col. 4 ad:
Jack Hayes Sez:
Your Merry Christmas may depend on what others do for you—but your Happy New Year depends on what you do for others.
(Hayes Printing.—ed.)

Google Groups: alt.quotations
Christmas
Silence
11/28/98
(...)
Your Merry Christmas may depend on what others do for you...but your Happy New Year depends on what you do for others. (Unknown)

Google Groups: alt.quotations
New Year Inspirational Quotes please
Grace McGarvie
12/20/02
(...)
Your Merry Christmas may depend on what others do for you but your Happy New Year depends on what you do for others.  Anonymous

Google Books
Shubnell’s Profound Thoughts, Book 2
By Thomas F. Shubnell
Published by author
2009
Pg. 37:
Your Merry Christmas may depend on what others do for you, but your happy New Year depends on what you do for others.

BusinessPundit
25 New Year’s Quotes to Ring in 2010
Drea Knufken
Posted on December 31, 2009 in Business
(...)
23. Your Merry Christmas may depend on what others do for you … but your Happy New Year depends on what you do for others. -Author unknown

Google Books
Resolutions & Reflections for the New Year:
A Time for Creative Change

By Alicia Brent
Published by author
2014
Pg. ?:
Your Merry Christmas may depend on what others do for you. But your Happy New Year depends on what you do for others.
Anon

Twitter
RockyMtnMaverick
‏@drtom003
“Your Merry Christmas may depend on what others do for you.
But your Happy New Year depends on what you do for others.”
- Anon.
2:48 PM - 16 Dec 2016

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityHolidays/Events/Parades • Saturday, December 31, 2016 • Permalink