Christmas Eve – the most important night before Christmas! This is the final period of preparation for the holiday. According to the story of the creation of the world, the first day began in the evening and continued in the morning. December 24 is the time for warm meetings with friends and relatives!
Christmas is waiting all over the world! Believers celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, those who deny religion see the date as a tradition to gather with their families. This is the best time to tell loved ones about your love, provide support, make peace with everyone with whom you quarreled.
Our ancestors, committed to pagan cultures, celebrated the winter solstice during this period. After the advent of Christianity, they had to adjust to other holidays. In a way, the Christian and pagan aspects blended together, becoming the famous version of Christmas. The peak of the popularity of the celebration came in the 19th century.
Over time, a beloved image of Santa Claus appeared, giving rise to more traditions. Children are waiting for him to appear on Christmas Eve – he must deliver the long-awaited gifts! Rumor has it that Santa makes lists of little citizens, rewarding only those who behaved well in the past year. Often in houses they hang socks over the fireplace, leave milk or carrots for his faithful companions – reindeer.
- Scandinavians always stay at home on Christmas Eve: it is believed that today the dead come home to visit their families. People set tables for them and leave treats;
- there is a legend that says that the shepherds noticed a bright star in the sky that night – it marked the birth of Jesus;
- in some European countries they assure that animals on Christmas Eve are endowed with magical powers – they can speak human language. However, in the morning the gift disappears.
How to celebrate
Even if you live in different cities with your family, be sure to find time to meet for a festive dinner! Prepare delicious food or order ready-made in a cafe. Decorate the table with various additions, spread the Christmas spirit! Teach your children about family traditions so that values do not disappear with time.
When is Christmas Eve celebrated in 2022?
Christmas Eve is observed on December 24 each year.