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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Millet is mainly used for bird seed here in the States, but a large portion of the world’s population eats it on a regular basis, and it’s actually tasty stuff. When toasted, millet takes on a deeper flavor that’s fabulous when folded together with a host of veggies.
Game plan: The millet can be prepared up to 1 day ahead through step 2. Refrigerate in an airtight container until ready to use.
This salad gets better as it sits, so have it ready at least 10 minutes before serving. Or it can be made up to 1 day in advance and refrigerated in an airtight container until ready to serve.
This recipe was featured as part of our Whole Grain Recipes photo gallery.