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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These dense, slightly tangy, cinnamon-sugar-coated muffins by Bruce and Eric Bromberg are the way to feed a donut craving without the mess and hassle of deep-frying. Nutmeg and buttermilk in the batter make the eventual muffins taste a lot like a buttermilk old-fashioned. For an inside look at the Brombergs’ cooking philosophy, check out our Q&A with the chefs.
Special equipment: You’ll need a pastry brush and a 24-well mini muffin pan. Portioning the sticky batter into the small wells of the muffin pan is easiest with a 1/2-ounce ice cream scoop. If you don’t have one, use a spoon instead.
Make-ahead note: The batter will keep in the fridge for up to 3 days, so you can prep in advance and bake when you’re ready.
For a lighter muffin pan treat, try our easy Popovers recipe.
Check out all of Chowhound’s donut recipes for more ideas to satisfy your sweet tooth.