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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This flavorful salad, given to us by Neal Harden of New York City raw-food restaurant Pure Food and Wine, proves that healthy, raw food can be tasty too. The balance of nutty pistachio oil, briney capers, fresh herbs, crisp fennel, and creamy avocado makes for a filling salad that’s good as a hearty side or a light main.
What to buy: Try to get pistachio oil, with its nutty, multidimensional flavor; it’s available in gourmet markets or online. If you can’t find it, substitute another nutty oil such as pumpkin seed or walnut, or just use more extra-virgin olive oil.
If you can’t find dry sun-dried tomatoes, you can substitute tomatoes packed in olive oil. Just be sure to find a brand that has no added herbs or spices, and blot the tomatoes thoroughly before slicing to avoid adding extra oil to the salad.
This recipe was featured as part of our Supercharge with Superfoods photo gallery.