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.
1 of 3
Next: What Does the Name 'Christmas' Mean and What Is the Meaning of Christmas?
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.
2 of 3
Next: How Can We Celebrate Christmas?
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.
3 of 3
Next: Why Do We Celebrate Christmas on Dec. 25?
Using a decorative Bundt cake pan is an easy way to make a simple cake look fancy. This autumn-themed dessert has pumpkin purée mixed together with warm spices, and is served with powdered sugar and an easy salted caramel sauce, making it special enough for holiday entertaining.
Special equipment: You’ll need a 12-cup Bundt cake pan to make this cake. (Luckily, you can do a lot of other things with your Bundt pan besides make cake!)
Game plan: The sauce can be made up to 3 days ahead. Cool it to room temperature and refrigerate it in a covered container. Reheat in a saucepan over low heat until smooth and pourable.
You can also use this batter to make pumpkin cupcakes.
This recipe was featured as part of our pumpkin sweets recipe gallery. Check out all the best of pumpkins on Chowhound too.