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 long lines to get a scoop of ice cream at Bi-Rite Creamery in San Francisco are legendary and daunting. During the holidays, pumpkin pie ice cream is one of their bestsellers, so we were happy to discover the recipe in their book Sweet Cream and Sugar Cones: 90 Recipes for Making Your Own Ice Cream and Frozen Treats from Bi-Rite Creamery. They make a simple custard of pumpkin purée, heavy cream, brown sugar, milk, egg yolks, cinnamon, and ginger and churn it until cold and creamy. Serve a scoop next to a slice of warm ginger cake for a cozy holiday dessert. And check out all the best of pumpkins on Chowhound.
Game plan: Be sure to get the bowl of your ice cream maker in the freezer and fully frozen before starting this recipe.