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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An unbelievably rich and exuberant pie proving that three simple components can come together to make a dessert equally worthy of serving at an elegant dinner party as it is a casual potluck. You begin by pressing an easy chocolate cookie crust into a pie plate and baking until just set. When it’s cool, pile in an intensely flavored, lightly textured chocolate mousse. Final step: layering sweetened whipped cream on top. If you’re feeling fancy, sprinkle on some chocolate shavings.
Ingredient note: The best cookies for the crust are Nabisco Famous Chocolate Wafers (you might have to source them online, like we did). In a pinch you can use Oreos with the creme filling scraped off and discarded.
For more sweet inspiration, check out our Banoconut Cream Pie, Lemon Meringue Pie, and Blackberry Chiffon Pie.