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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Cutting out biscuits is messy, and it’s hard to find the extra time to clean up first thing in the morning. These biscuits are formed right out of the bowl so there’s no need to roll and stamp out the dough on a flour-dusted counter. Just whisk the dry ingredients together, cut in a cold stick of butter, and stir in milk, fresh lemon zest, and chives. Divide the dough into 6 portions, pat them into rounds, drop on a baking sheet, and after about 15 minutes, you’ll have buttery, flaky biscuits to slather with more butter, stuff with smoked salmon, or serve as part of a fancy Crab Benedict.
For more, see our buttermilk biscuits recipe.