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 sweetness of sweet potatoes combines with a fresh bite from scallions and a kick of smoke from paprika. Because the potatoes are parboiled, the last-minute work on this recipe is minimal. The result is a crunchy exterior and a soft interior.
Game plan: Par-cook the potatoes the night before, and this dish will be a snap to put together the next morning. You can even mince the shallots and garlic in advance; however, if you are going to slice the scallions, you will need to keep them soaking in ice water in the refrigerator until they are ready to use.
If you’ve ever wondered about the difference between yams and sweet potatoes, here’s the answer.
This recipe was featured as part of our New Year’s Brunch menu.