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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Herbed butter under the skin creates a luscious Thanksgiving bird, while sherry and cream enrich the gravy. Start with a well-heated oven, and give the turkey 12 minutes of cooking for each pound. If you’re starting with a frozen turkey, make sure it’s fully (and safely) defrosted by allowing it to come back to life slowly in the fridge for 3 to 4 days before you plan to roast it. We recommend pairing with our Apple Stuffing.
Special equipment: For this recipe you will need a large roasting pan fitted with a roasting rack, a brush or turkey baster, and a meat thermometer.
For more holiday inspiration, check out our Fried Turkey with Southern Rub, Dry-Brined Roast Turkey, and Basic Roast Turkey. Don’t forget to use the leftover turkey carcass to make some easy turkey stock.