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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A Thanksgiving side dish with strikingly original flavors, ones that avoid all the cinnamon and brown sugar clichés. The glaze for these sliced sweet potatoes is a mix of freshly squeezed orange juice, apricot preserves, and grated fresh ginger, with salt that manages to balance out the sweetness. You make the glaze by simmering just long enough to melt the jam, then arrange the sweet potato rounds in a baking dish so they overlap. Simply baste the sweet potatoes with the glaze as they bake. This is a simple dish, pretty enough to set out on a holiday buffet but delicious as a weeknight side for our Easy Baked Pork Chops.
Shopping note: Garnets (also known as Sweet Garnets or Red Yams) have bright, orangey-red flesh, a moist texture, and moderate sweetness. To make sure the sweet potatoes overlap easily and cook evenly, buy ones that are about 3 to 4 inches in diameter at their widest point.
For more inspiration, check out our Sweet Potatoes Anna Casserole, Baked Sweet Potato with Molasses-Clove Butter, and Maple Mashed Sweet Potatoes.