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 combination of eggs, sourdough bread, sour cream, and mild, flavorful green poblano chiles makes this dish a shoo-in for a brunch that won’t put anyone to sleep. You begin by roasting and peeling the fresh chiles, sautéing an onion, and combining both with cubed bread, sour cream, tomatillo salsa, cilantro, eggs, and half-and-half. Pack it into a buttered baking dish, and refrigerate overnight, to let the custard thoroughly soak into the bread. Next day, bake in a medium oven and serve.
If you use fresh bread, it’ll have an omeletlike consistency; with bread a few days old it’ll end up more custardy. Whichever way you make it, top the finished strata with tomatillo salsa and sour cream for extra vividness. You’ll need to make a batch of our Tomatillo Salsa before you begin. If you’re pressed for time, buy a high-quality salsa verde from the refrigerated section of the grocery store. If you want a cheesier version, try topping the strata with shredded jalapeño Jack before cooking it.
We featured this recipe in our New Year’s Day Brunch story and Chile Pepper Recipes photo gallery.