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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Making chocolate fondue for dessert leaves lots of room for personalization. For the most basic version, just melt chocolate and cream together and stir in a pat of butter for a smoother texture; you can add your own touch by stirring in your favorite flavored liqueur (we recommend using homemade Amaretto). Serve with anything you like for dipping, from pound cake, fresh fruit, and marshmallows to pretzels and biscotti. If you have any leftovers, make hot chocolate by adding hot milk.
Special equipment: You’ll need a fondue pot for this recipe. They can be purchased at most cooking stores and online. If you don’t have a fondue pot, you can serve this in a mini slow cooker set on low. Note: The slow cooker will get hotter than a fondue pot, so you will need to stir the chocolate mixture often.
Game plan: Make your own chocolate graham crackers, marshmallows, pretzels, pound cake, brownies, biscotti, and banana bread for dipping.