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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With Parmesan and Swiss cheese and loads of artichoke, this easy and classic dip is big enough to feed a crowd at your next big game day party.
What to buy: Be sure to use good-quality cheese for this recipe. Avoid buying the pre-grated kind; it won’t offer much flavor. If you don’t like Gruyère, an aged cheddar is a good substitute.
Panko is coarse Japanese-style breadcrumbs, available in many grocery stores.
Game plan: There are versions of this dip that don’t require the flour, but they start to separate as they get cold. This dip holds together long after it cools down, making it ideal for a party setting.
The dip can be made through step 3 up to 1 day ahead. Cool it to room temperature, cover, and store in the refrigerator. When you’re ready to finish the dip, let it sit at room temperature for at least 15 minutes before baking.
This recipe was featured as part of our Super Bowl Party Playbook menu.