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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Making traditional fudge sounds easy until you realize you need a candy thermometer to time the cooking just right or risk ending up with a crystallized, crumbly mess. This shortcut fudge recipe is actually just a truffle filling (chocolate ganache), which is much more fail-safe than traditional fudge. Simply melt together butter, chocolate, and cream; stir in Nutella; and pour the mixture into a pan. Once it’s cut up, few people will notice it’s not technically fudge. Hazelnuts pressed into the top make it look pretty and complement the flavor of the Nutella.
What to buy: If you can’t find salted, toasted hazelnuts, substitute salted, toasted almonds instead.
This recipe was featured as part of our Crazy-Easy Christmas Cookies.