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 lacy cookies may appear difficult to make, but they are actually very quick and easy, with plenty of orange zest to balance out the buttery caramel-nut flavors. Simply bring sugar, butter, and a few other ingredients to a boil in a saucepan, mix with almonds and flour, and drop spoonfuls of the batter onto a baking sheet. No creaming the butter; no need for a stand mixer, rolling pin, or cookie cutters. Try dipping in our Sabayon recipe, another Italian classic dessert.
Game plan: Don’t store the florentines in a container with other cookies, because the moisture from the other cookies will cause the florentines to lose their crispness.
This recipe was featured as part of our Crazy-Easy Christmas Cookies.