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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Inspired by Gordon Ramsay’s Pecan and Cinnamon Pie, this beauty of a pie will make you stick out from all the bakers at that holiday potluck. With bourbon, spiced sweet potatoes, molasses, and pecans, it’s sure to be the hit of the party. You start by making a pre-baked pie crust spiked with bourbon, make a spiced sweet potato filling, and a molasses-sweetened bourbon topping. These elements are layered with pecan halves, then baked and served every so slightly warm. Serve with Easy Whipped Cream or Cinnamon Ice Cream.
For more sweet inspiration, check out our Chocolate Pecan Pie or Melissa Clark’s Spiced Maple Pecan Pie.