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 flavors of this fizzy punch are reminiscent of a classic Negroni cocktail. For a little effervescence and sweetness, bubbly Italian red wine is stirred into a mix of citrusy Aperol, herbal Punt e Mes, and gin. Serve this easy-to-make punch as an apéritif for your guests to sip on at your next dinner party.
What to buy: Aperol is a slightly bitter Italian spirit that has flavors of orange and rhubarb. It can be found in high-end liquor stores.
Punt e Mes is a classic red vermouth from Piedmont, Italy. The original secret recipe from 1870 is a balance of bitter and sweet. Try it in a Negroni or a Manhattan in place of the sweet vermouth.
Brachetto d’Acqui is an Italian red wine produced in the Piedmont region that is effervescent with a slightly sweet flavor.
Game plan: You can make the punch base through step 1 and chill it up to 8 hours ahead. Transfer it to a punch bowl and add the Brachetto when you’re ready to serve.