Why Do We Celebrate Christmas on Dec. 25?
There are several reasons Christmas is celebrated on Dec. 25. The date is nine months after March 25, a day recognized by Christians as Annunciation. It was the day Mary was told she would was having a baby. The nine months that follow are an approximation of Jesus’ birth. Dec. 25 also coincides with pagan Winter Solstice celebrations like Saturnalia' and Dies Natalis Solis Invicti. Since they were historically celebrated around that time of year there was precedent for holiday festivities during this time of year.
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What Does the Name 'Christmas' Mean and What Is the Meaning of Christmas?
Christmas is a shortened from the words “Christ’s mass.” It’s derived from the Middle English word "Cristemasse" which has Greek, Hebrew and Latin origins. Christmas is an annual holiday that honors the birth of Jesus Christ. It is celebrated by Christians around the world and is regarded as an important religious and cultural holiday.
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How Can We Celebrate Christmas?
Christmas is traditionally celebrated in many ways and celebrations vary across cultures. In the days leading up to Christmas, people usually put up special decorations including colorful lights and evergreen trees. Gifts are often placed under the tree and exchanged on Christmas day among loved ones. Large meals are also typically served as part of the celebration as well.
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The pineapple upside-down cake is an American classic. Here, tart apples take the place of honor, sweetened with a mix of white and brown sugar, flavored with cinnamon. It’s a beautiful autumnal dessert, with soft, tender vanilla cake and a subtly flavored bourbon whipped cream spooned on top.
Make-ahead note: Bake the cake 1 day ahead and, when thoroughly cool, wrap it well in plastic film. Rewarm, covered with foil, in a 300°F oven for about 15 minutes.
For more apple cake inspiration, check out our Apple Dapple Cake, Spiced Caramel Apple Upside-Down Cake, and Apple Quick Bread with Pecan Streusel.