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 lovely drink for brunch, pre-dinner, or as a nightcap, the French 75 is one of the most versatile cocktails we know. Our recipe came to us via ex–Gramercy Tavern managing partner (and author) Nick Mautone. It’s a subtle twist on a classic, especially if you use brown instead of white sugar. Named after a piece of World War I–era artillery, the French 75 was originally made with gin (see the video on this page with Charlotte Voisey making that version). Over time it became more popular with brandy (specifically Cognac) as the fortifying spirit. Pair it with one of our Valentine’s Day recipes for a cozy night in.
For more, check out our Whiskey Sour, Sazerac, and Vieux Carré.