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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Coleslaw is often a combination of limp cabbage covered with heavy mayonnaise dressing, but in this version we used hearty kale and crunchy apples to make a delicious, healthy substitute. Tossed with a sweet-tart dressing made with honey, vinegar, poppy seeds, Dijon mustard, and red onion, this untraditional coleslaw doesn’t wilt into a soggy mess, and it’s right at home served with barbecued ribs or fried chicken.
What to buy: If you’d like a tart contrast to the sweet poppy seed dressing, choose all Granny Smith apples for the slaw, but if you prefer sweeter flavors, choose all Fuji apples. We liked the salad best with one of each.
Game plan: This salad can be made up to 1 day in advance and stored in the refrigerator.
This recipe was featured as part of our Chunky, Unusual Summer Salads. This recipe also fits nicely as part of a Thanksgiving feast, made with fresh apples alongside other non-traditional dishes such as our Oyster Stuffing.