The world celebrates Christmas as one of its most important festivals. It has a rich history and many traditions that are enjoyed by people all around the globe. What is the origin of Christmas


Why do we celebrate it? And what are some of the traditional foods that are enjoyed during this festive season? In this blog article, we will look into these topics and more! We will also share some delicious Christmas recipes that will get you in the holiday spirit!


Origin of Christmas

Christmas can be traced back to pre-Christian winter festivals, such as the Roman festival of Saturnalia and the pagan celebrations of Yule. These ancient festivals centered around the winter solstice, which falls on December 21st or 22nd. 


As Christianity spread throughout Europe, Christian leaders incorporated elements of these existing winter celebrations into the Christmas holiday we celebrate today.


The exact date of Jesus' birth is unknown, but it may have been around the winter solstice as well. In the 4th century, Pope Julius I declared that December 25th would be observed as the birthday of Jesus. 


This decision was possibly influenced by the fact that several other religious figures, such as Mithras and Sol Invictus, were believed to have been born on December 25th.


Over time, Christmas traditions such as gift-giving and evergreen trees also developed from pagan customs and religious symbolism. Today, Christmas is celebrated by Christians and non-Christians alike as a cultural holiday filled with festive cheer and traditions.


Traditions of Christmas

- One common Christmas tradition is the decorating of a Christmas tree. This can vary from culture to culture but involves placing lights, ornaments, and a star or angel on top of the tree.


- Another popular tradition is gift-giving, where friends and family exchange presents on Christmas day. It is thought to be in celebration of the three wise men's gifts to baby Jesus.


- Many families also partake in a special Christmas dinner, often featuring a roasted turkey or ham, mashed potatoes, gravy, and various other seasonal dishes.


- In some places, Santa Claus plays an important role in the holiday festivities. Children may leave out cookies and milk for Santa and leave out a stocking filled with small gifts for him to deliver on Christmas Eve.


- Advent calendars and the lighting of advent candles are also common traditions, as they count down the days until Christmas.


- And lastly, caroling, or singing Christmas songs door to door, is practiced during the holiday season.


Rosemary Crusted Rack of Lamb Recipe

rosemary crusted lamb

To make our rosemary crumb rack of lamb, you will need:

- 1 rack of lamb that has been Frenched and trimmed

- 1 cup breadcrumbs

- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary

- 2 cloves garlic, minced

- Salt and pepper to taste

- Olive oil for searing


- Set the temperature of your oven to 425 degrees F.

- Combine the breadcrumbs, rosemary, garlic, salt, and pepper in a small mixing bowl.

- Drizzle olive oil over the rack of lamb, and add the breadcrumb mixture all over

- In a large oven-safe skillet over medium-high heat, brown the rack of lamb on both sides, about 2 minutes on each side.

- Place the skillet in the preheated oven for 12-15 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches 145°F for medium rare.

- Rest the meat for 5-10 minutes before serving. Enjoy!


Pecan Pie Recipe

pecan pie


For the crust:

- 1 store-bought or handmade pie crust

- 2 tablespoons white sugar

- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon


For the filling:

- 3 eggs, beaten

- 2/3 cup white sugar

- 1 cup light corn syrup

- 1 tablespoon melted butter

- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

- 1 cup chopped pecans


- Preset the temperature of the oven to 350 degrees F. Set aside the pie dough on a 9-inch pie plate.

- In a small dish, combine the white sugar and cinnamon. Spread this mixture evenly over the bottom of the pie shell.

- Combine the eggs, white sugar, corn syrup, melted butter, and vanilla extract in a large mixing bowl. Add the pecans and mix well. This mixture should be filled into the pie shell.

- Bake for 45-50 minutes, or until the middle is golden brown and firm. Allow cooling completely before serving. Enjoy!

Overall, Christmas is a time filled with tradition and joy. Whether you celebrate with religious observances or simply enjoy the festive spirit of the season, there are numerous traditions to partake in. And of course, let's not forget about all the delicious holiday treats and meals that come along with it! Happy holidays!