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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A simple dish like baked macaroni and cheese seems impossible to mess up, but we’ve all run across our fair share of dry, clumpy, bland, and mushy versions. Here, we make sure to undercook the pasta (so it doesn’t get soft in the oven), rinse off the extra starch that would make it gluey, and mix it with plenty of cheesy sauce. Then we top it with buttery panko breadcrumbs and bake until oozy, golden on top, and perfectly cooked.
For even more mac, check out our recipes for Classic Macaroni and Cheese, Stovetop Macaroni and Cheese, and Vegan Macaroni and Cheese.