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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Layers of pound cake, port-steeped prunes, mascarpone whipped cream, and crunchy toasted almonds served in a glass trifle bowl: It’s a beautiful, easy, and delicious dessert. And festive!
Special equipment: You’ll need a 3-quart (roughly 8 inch in diameter) trifle dish. If you don’t have one, use any 3-quart dish. Or prepare individual servings by laying a slice of pound cake on a plate, then topping it with prunes, whipped cream, and almonds.
Game plan: The prunes can be made up to a week in advance. The pound cake can be made a day in advance. You can also make this with sponge cake or chiffon cake. In a pinch, store-bought cake or ladyfingers will do. The day of, prepare the mascarpone whipped cream and refrigerate until ready to use. Just before serving, layer the pound cake, prunes, whipped cream, and almonds in a trifle dish.
This recipe was featured as part of our story on The Last Kodachrome Christmas.