Christmas and the Christmas Season

Christmas—the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ–is the basis for numerous other celebrations, most of which involve food. The season is marked by foods associated with the coming birth, but they also reflect older traditions and beliefs surrounding the Solstice. Christmas has become a cultural tradition, so that many people celebrate it regardless of religious affiliation, usually emphasizing the “spirit of Christmas”—generosity.

The Christmas season includes a number of holidays and informal as well as formal traditions:

Christmas cookies and Christmas breads

Gifts of Food

Christmas Caroling

St. Nicholas Day

St. Lucia’s (Lucy’s) Day

Christmas Eve, December 24th

Christmas Day, December 25th

Boxing Day/St. Stephen’s Day, December 26th

Three Kings Day/Epiphany/Old Christmas/12th Night, January 6th

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