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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Buttery toffee and toasted pecans in a rich chocolate cookie; all that’s missing is a cold glass of milk.
What to buy: Skor or Heath bars work best in these cookies.
The delicious flavor of these cookies requires an excellent-quality cocoa powder with a 20 to 24 percent fat content. Chocosphere is a fantastic Internet chocolate resource.
Game plan: If you decide to use homemade or real-butter toffee, the toffee pieces will melt faster, giving the cookies a lacier appearance.
The cookie dough can be made ahead and refrigerated for up to 24 hours; it can also be stored in a resealable plastic bag in the freezer for up to 2 months. In either case, allow the dough to come to room temperature before baking.
This recipe was featured as part of our Holiday Cookies recipe slideshow.