Christmas Eve Traditions

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Christmas Eve is December 24th.

Christmas in most homes begins on the evening of December 24th, where excited young children are encouraged to go to bed early so as not to miss out on gifts from Santa Claus.

Christmas Eve in the United States is a combination of a lot of traditions. Some families open presents Christmas Eve night, many go to church, or have different dinners, like ham, goose, etc.

Traditions in other parts of the world include;

  • The idea that animals have the power of speech at midnight on Christmas Eve. This superstition exists in various parts of Europe, and no one can hear the beasts talk with impunity.

  • There is also a French belief that on Christmas Eve, while the genealogy of Christ is being chanted at the Midnight Mass, hidden treasures are revealed.

  • In Russia all sorts of buried treasures are supposed to be revealed on the evenings between Christmas and the Epiphany, and on the eves of these festivals the heavens are opened, and the waters of springs and rivers turn into wine.


10 FUN Christmas Eve Traditions

  1. We always make a spread of appetizers for dinner.  It’s junk food for us!
  2. We watch a different Christmas movie each Christmas Eve while stuffing our faces with all the goodies that mean ol’ mama doesn’t allow during the year.
  3. My mom has always provided my children and myself with new Christmas PJ’s each year to wear on Christmas Eve.  She gives me new slippers to match, too!
  4. Doing the day, we like to make a Gingerbread house.
  5. We drink egg nog or Wassail during the day.
  6. We have visited a nursing home and called Bingo for the residents.(call the activity director ahead of time)
  7. We sing Christmas carols while I try to play the piano.  Beethoven I’m not!
  8. We look at previous Christmas pictures of our family.
  9. We make a birthday cake for Jesus and the children decorate it.
  10. We set the table with birthday party plates, napkins, and balloons for the next morning.

Do you have any FUN Christmas Eve traditions that you want to share with us?

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