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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Why are baby carrots so often served in a sugary glaze when roasting brings out their natural sweetness? A quick turn in a hot oven and a toss in coarse-grained mustard butter and fresh herbs is all they need. If your baby carrots are small enough in diameter, leave them whole; if they’re thick, halve them lengthwise. Peeling is optional, but make sure to give them a good scrub. Serve as a side with Boneless Roasted Leg of Lamb, Slow-Roasted Prime Rib au Jus, or Grilled Chicken Breasts with Balsamic Rosemary Marinade.
Shopping note: Don’t confuse packaged baby-cut carrots, which are mature carrots whittled into a smaller (i.e., “baby”) size, with fresh, green-topped, authentically immature carrots. True babies are tender, tapering, and unpeeled.