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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An antipasti plate is one of the most low-effort and delicious ways to warm up a crowd before a meal, especially if you include these mushrooms. Serve an assortment of store-bought cured meats and breadsticks with some homemade snacks like our Marinated Bocconcini, Pickled Eggplant, and these lightly tangy, herby mushrooms. True to the nature of marination, these fungi get better with age, so make them a few days ahead for the best flavor. And if there happen to be leftovers, try them in a salad or sandwich.
Game plan: Because of all the olive oil in the marinade, the mixture will solidify in the fridge. To serve, just remove the mushrooms from the refrigerator at least 30 minutes ahead and let them come to room temperature so the oil liquifies again.
These mushrooms will last up to 10 days when stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
This recipe was featured as part of both our Winter Cabin Fever story and our Tailgating Recipes photo gallery.