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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No, not Gingerbread Cookies, but rather soft, moist, spiced cake that needs nothing more than vanilla ice cream or a strong cup of coffee to accompany it. Just mix flour, dried ginger, baking soda, and other spices, cream butter and brown sugar. Beat in molasses and eggs, then add the flour mixture and buttermilk. Scrape into a loaf pan and bake. This is too tasty to wait for the holiday season to bake!
What to buy: There are various intensities of molasses available, from light to blackstrap, and after trying nearly all of them we found that dark (sometimes marketed as robust) tastes best in this.
For more, check out our Amaretto Pound Cake, Chocolate Pound Cake, and Lime Pound Cake.