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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Crafting your own conversation heart candy (a.k.a. Sweethearts) is a surefire way to get your Valentine’s Day message heard, plus these hearts are surprisingly easy to make. Dissolve unflavored gelatin in lemon-lime soda to give the candy its trademark muted citrus flavor, then mix in heaps of powdered sugar to form the “dough.” Add whatever festive colors and flavorings you prefer, like mint, orange flower water, or rose water; roll out the dough; and stamp out the hearts. Let the candy harden for a couple of days, then use food-safe markers to write fun, personalized messages on it. All that’s left to do is pass the hearts out to your friends and loved ones.
Special equipment: Although not necessary, wearing a pair of disposable latex gloves will save you from staining your hands while blending in the food coloring.
You’ll need a 1-inch heart-shaped aspic/jelly cutter to stamp out the hearts. You can find aspic/jelly cutters in gourmet cookware stores or online.
You’ll also need food-safe color markers to write the captions on the hearts. You can find them in gourmet cookware stores or online.
Game plan: The finished candy takes 2 days to dry completely, so plan accordingly. Also, you can flavor and color the candy however you like, so only buy and use flavorings and colorings that suit you.