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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Lalla Rookh, a combination of booze (usually rum) and vanilla ice cream, came into fashion in the late 1800s. In its fanciest form, a scoop of vanilla ice cream was flavored with fruit, hollowed out and filled with alcohol, then served in an edible candy cup. To make our version, fill a small bowl with vanilla ice cream, hollow out a small well in the center, fill it with apple brandy, and top the whole thing with whipped cream. Your guests will love their boozy surprise. This basic format is also extremely riffable, so experiment—try filling a scoop of chocolate ice cream with a shot of orange liqueur, or some cinnamon ice cream with your favorite aged rum.
What to buy: Calvados is an apple brandy from Normandy, France. It can be found in liquor stores and online. If you can’t find it, use any good-quality apple brandy.
This dish was featured as part of our Epic Christmas Feast: Lost Recipes from the Grand Hotels.