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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If candied sweet potatoes are a little too, uh … candied for you, try this beautifully simple alternative. Nothing could be easier than baking a Garnet-variety sweet potato in its skin in a medium-hot oven, then splitting it open and adding a lump of wonderfully aromatic, moderately sweet Molasses-Clove Compound Butter. This is a Thanksgiving side for purists who still appreciate seasonal flavors, or a simple lunch when you’re working at home and can’t spare the time to fuss in the kitchen.
Shopping note: Garnets (also known as Sweet Garnets or Red Yams) have bright, orangey-red flesh, a moist texture, and moderate sweetness.
This was featured in our Recipes for Fall Ingredients photo gallery, and our Sweet Potato Recipes gallery. Craving something a little less sweet? Try our stuffed acorn squash recipe.