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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Transforming a sharp mignonette sauce into icy shards certainly makes serving oysters with cocktails simpler: You garnish the oysters with the frozen sauce and make the rounds with a platter. No forks, no dipping—just a quick slurp.
What to buy: We liked small Kumamoto oysters with this dish, but any variety will work. Plan on buying at least 3 oysters per person. Our mignonette recipe makes plenty of granité for up to 48 oysters, but if you’d like more, simply add up to 1/2 cup of red wine vinegar to the recipe.
The raspberries add a punch of bright color to the granité. We highly recommend using them, but you could leave them out.
Game plan: The acid in the vinegar slows down the freezing, so make the granité a day ahead.
This recipe was featured as part of our Neo-Classic Holiday Dinner menu.