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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Truffles are just about the easiest, hardest-to-screw-up candy there is, and this recipe from the chocolatier behind San Francisco’s Charles Chocolates is as simple as it gets. Just pour warm vanilla-infused cream over chopped bittersweet chocolate, whisk until smooth, and chill until set. Then scoop out small mounds of the hardened chocolate, roll them into balls with your hands (imperfections in the shapes give them extra charm), and dust with unsweetened cocoa powder. Serve these little treats as the elegant parting shot at a cocktail or dinner party, or package in ribbon-tied cellophane bags or tins to give as impressive holiday gifts.
What to buy: We love Guittard Chocolate Company’s 72% Cacao Quetzalcoatl Bittersweet Chocolate, but any quality chocolate containing around 70 percent cocoa solids will do.
For more, check out our Orange Marmalade Truffles, Chèvre Truffles, and Hazelnut Truffle Fudge.