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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We love these tender-firm cubes of eggplant pickled Italian-style, with salt, white wine vinegar, and extra-virgin olive oil, infused with red pepper flakes, garlic, and oregano. The key to success with this tangy, bright-tasting antipasto is to let it age gracefully: The longer the eggplant sits in the marinade, the more the flavors meld and mellow. While three days is the shortest recommended time, we’ve enjoyed this crostini topper for up to 10 days after making it. Keep the pickled eggplant refrigerated in an airtight container. The olive oil will solidify, so just before serving, remove the pickle from the fridge at least 30 minutes before you plan to serve it, or until the oil liquefies.
We featured this recipe in our Christmas Day Feast, Italian Style photo gallery.
For more pickling inspiration, check out our Bread-and-Butter Radishes, Easy Quick Pickles, and Momofuku Turmip Pickle.