What is traditionally done on Christmas Eve?

What is traditionally done on Christmas Eve?

Christmas Eve is the evening or entire day before Christmas Day, the festival commemorating the birth of Jesus. Since tradition holds that Jesus was born at night (based in Luke 2:6-8), Midnight Mass is celebrated on Christmas Eve, traditionally at midnight, in commemoration of his birth.

What is the strangest Christmas tradition?

The Yule Cat: Iceland One of the weirdest festive traditions we’ve heard of comes from Iceland, where a giant cat is said to roam the snowy countryside at Christmas time.

What do you read on Christmas Eve?

8 Christmas Stories to Read as a Family on Christmas Eve

  • Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer.
  • The Gift of the Magi.
  • The Fir Tree.
  • The Greatest Gift.
  • The Elves and the Shoemaker.
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
  • Polar Express.
  • Twas the night before Christmas.

What country has the best Christmas traditions?

Our favorite Christmas traditions around the world are loud, proud, and guarantee oodles of festive fun.

  • Giant Lantern Festival, Philippines.
  • Gävle Goat, Sweden.
  • Krampus, Austria.
  • Kentucky Fried Christmas Dinner, Japan.
  • The Yule Lads, Iceland.
  • Saint Nicholas’ Day, Germany.
  • Norway.

What is the most popular Christmas tradition?


  • Watch a Christmas Movie.
  • Set Up a Christmas Tree.
  • String Home & Yard Decorations.
  • Hang the Mistletoe.
  • Bake Christmas Cookies and Decorate Gingerbread Houses.
  • Christmas Story Pass-Around – In this gift exchange game, everyone starts with the present they brought.
  • Send Christmas Cards.

What is the point of a Christmas Eve box?

The beauty of a Christmas Eve box is that you can fill them with whatever you like and give them to whoever you like, as long as they suit your Christmas Eve needs – that could be food and drink orientated, a plan to get the children to go to sleep early, or everything Santa needs on his arrival into your home.

What is a Santa Key?

A Santa Key is a “magic” key which lets Santa enter your home on Christmas Eve if you don’t have a traditional chimney for him to come through.

What are some family traditions for Christmas Eve?

You may find some traditions that you already do in your home, but we hope you find several more to add to your family’s activities! Many families have Christmas Eve traditions that incorporate opening at least one special gift. Often these gifts include something that the family can use or play that evening!

What’s the tradition of opening gifts on Christmas Eve?

According to the tradition of the German Christmas pickle, or Weihnachtsgurke, an ornament in the shape of a gherkin is hung on the tree on Christmas Eve. The first child to find it gets a special gift; some versions have the child opening the first present on Christmas morning.

What foods are traditionally eaten on Christmas Eve?

If you always host a family get-together on Christmas Eve, take a cue from Italians—or Italian Americans—and make it a feast of the seven fishes. Fish was traditionally eaten on Christmas Eve in keeping with the religious custom of fasting from meat on holidays.

Where did the pickle tree Christmas Eve tradition come from?

This actually might be a German-American tradition that began with pickle-loving Germans in the Midwest: According to a 2016 YouGov poll, over 90 percent of Germans in Germany have never heard of it. In any case, it’s a fun addition to Christmas Eve celebrations, and a creative way to decorate your tree.

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