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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Roast goose is a classic holiday dish that’s fallen out of favor, eclipsed by large, inexpensive, abundant turkeys. But try goose: Its rich, flavorful dark meat pairs wonderfully with stuffing. Order a fresh goose from specialty butchers or online. Keep in mind that if your goose is larger than 9 pounds, it will need to cook a bit longer.
Special equipment: Be sure to have a metal or wooden 10- to 12-inch skewer and a 24-inch piece of butcher’s twine handy before you begin.
Game plan: As it roasts, goose renders out a lot of delicious fat. Pass the rendered fat through a fine strainer to remove impurities and use it in place of olive oil in our Rosemary and Garlic Roasted Potatoes.
This recipe was featured as part of our story on The Last Kodachrome Christmas.