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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Admittedly, there are a lot of ingredients in this recipe, but it comes together quickly and the outcome is a harmonious and tasty salad from Chef Marcus Samuelsson. The dressing is mixed in a blender, and then the persimmons, tomatoes, and onion marinate in it for a brief time. Meanwhile, flat rice flakes are shallow-fried until puffy and crispy. The final assembly of the salad is a composed layering of the persimmon mixture, greens, and herbs with a final sprinkling of the puffed rice flakes for crunch.
What to buy: We used Fuyu persimmons in this recipe, which are crunchy and flat-bottomed. Do not confuse them with Hachiya persimmons, which have an elongated shape and are astringent if not completely ripened and soft.
Miso is a Japanese culinary staple made by fermenting rice, barley, or, most commonly, soy. The two main types are white (or shiro) miso, which has a sweet, mild flavor, and red (or aka) miso, which is aged and has a salty, umami flavor. You can find miso paste refrigerated at most grocery stores.
Togarashi powder, a Japanese mixture of spices that always contains chiles, can be found in ethnic markets. (It may also be labeled shichimi togarashi.) Or you can make your own.
Rice flakes—rice that is either white or dyed green and then parboiled, rolled flat, and dried—puff up and turn crispy when fried. They’re available at Asian grocery stores, but if you can’t find them, skip the frying and just sprinkle the salad with plain puffed rice instead.