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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San Francisco–based chocolatier Michael Recchiuti’s recipe for this caramel custard is superrich and flavored with a hint of milk chocolate. To make it, caramelize sugar, then whisk that together with hot milk and cream. Temper egg yolks to add to the mixture, whisk in a hint of milk chocolate to complement the caramel flavor, and then bake the custards in a water bath. While Michael recommends baking these in glass tea candle holders or espresso cups for an elegant presentation, we baked them in standard ramekins with excellent results.
Special equipment: You’ll need a pastry brush for this recipe.
You can find ramekins and espresso cups at gourmet supply stores, and glass candle holders online.
Watch Michael make this recipe in this episode of You’re Doing it All Wrong: Caramel Custard.