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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The Peninsular War pitted Spain against France and began when French armies occupied Spain. Unable to pacify the people of Spain, Napoleon was defeated. Perhaps if the ruler had offered a cocktail of half Spanish Licor 43 and half French Courvoisier, with a sweet-and-sour tang of cranberry, a fortunate compromise would have come his way.
What to buy: Licor 43 Cuarenta y Tres is a Spanish liqueur with great spiced notes that is often served on the rocks. It can be found at high-end liquor stores and online.
Courvoisier is one of the most well-known French brandies from the town of Cognac. We use the VS (Very Special) style in this cocktail for a strong but not overly dominant flavor. If you can’t find it, go ahead and substitute another high-quality brandy.
This recipe was featured as part of our Thanksgiving Leftovers photo gallery.