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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Perfect for the holidays, these cheery butter cookies flecked with red and green can be made weeks ahead and stored in the freezer so that they can be baked and served in minutes. Experiment with different types of chocolate, fruit, and nuts; the dough is extremely versatile and can be made with just about any combination you like.
What to buy: You will need unsalted pistachios for this recipe. Check out NutsOnline for a huge selection of nuts and dried fruits. Nuts stored at room temperature can go rancid in a few weeks; store them in an airtight container in the freezer, where they will keep well for several months.
Game plan: The cookie dough must chill for about 2 hours in the freezer in order to be firm enough to cut. If it has been frozen for longer than a few hours, you will need to let it thaw for about 30 minutes at room temperature before slicing the cookies.
This recipe was featured as part of our Holiday Cookies photo gallery.