The previous day of the Christmas is known as the Christmas Eve. It is the 24th Day of December. People remain busy to be prepared for the next day on the Christmas Eve. They buy gifts, cards and chocolates for friends and family.
Celebrating the Christmas Eve
This is not an official holiday for Americans. They have to attend workplaces regularly. Some states and cities have announced it as a day-off. Several institutes take preparation to celebrate the Christmas. Officials attends in a festive mood. To satisfy clients during the time of Christmas, sellers work very hard on the Christmas Eve.
This is a perfect time for decorating houses though some people start such decoration process in the Thanksgiving Day. The most attractive part of the decoration is the tree of Christmas. For decorating the tree plastic stars, fairy lights and other traditional ornaments are used. Using light outside home is a popular way of decoration. Children create sculptures of Santa Claus, reindeer, trees and sleighs with these fairy lights. You can find these sculptures on roofs or in the garden.
Hanging up stockings is an interesting thing for the children. It is placed near the bed or the fireplace. Stockings work as the postbox for Santa Claus. Children believe that Santa will gift anything in those stockings. The person is a mythological character who lives in Europe. He comes every year through chimney and give gifts to children. For receiving bigger gifts, children attach bigger stockings.
Life in Public
Christmas Eve is not declared as a holiday. Some states like North Dakota, Virginia and Kansas have announced it a partial holiday for the workers. Several states also proclaimed it a full holiday, such as North Carolina, Oklahoma, Kentucky and Texas. Many educational institutions are remain closed till 26th December. Businesses are kept open for the consumers. There is a hurry of returning home early. So, they work very hard to complete the job and return home as soon as possible. Some choose to attend the nearest parties. Malls and stores may announce discount on products for the Christmas consumers. Food stores are always open to serve the special food of the festival.
There comes a noticeable change in the transit system of public. The evening of the 24th December is busier than the other evenings. The rush of people to home can create a congestion of traffic. People plan for tour and travel. So, there is a possibility of overcrowding in airports and railway stations.
About The Eve of Christmas
Christmas Eve is considered as the ending of the year and starting of the seasonal holiday. Christians believe it as a holy day for them as the Jesus Christ were born on right after the eve. Roman Catholic Christians pray at midnight in churches. It is known as the midnight mass. It is the middle of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Nowadays, the tradition of midnight mass has been preponed. People attend at the church service either early in the evening or afternoon.
The eve of Christmas is a special occasion for Protestants. Their churches hold several type of services. Presenting situation of Bethlehem is also a popular way of observing the day. People take part in playing the role of Joseph, Mary and newborn Jesus. The whole stable is made to represent the situation of the holy birth.
An outstanding incident was taken place of the Christmas Eve in 1914. The WWI was going on. When the eve started, German troopers lit candles and started singing Christmas Carols. At the same time British troopers did the same. They forgot the tension of war and visited each other’s tent. The astronauts of Apollo 8 greeted everyone and it was widely telecasted in all over the world in 1968.
When Is Christmas Eve?
|Weekday||Date||Year||Name||Holiday Type||Where It is Observed|
|Fri||Dec 24||2010||Christmas Eve||Observance, Christian|
|Fri||Dec 24||2010||Christmas Eve||State holiday||Texas|
|Fri||Dec 23||2011||Christmas Eve observed||State holiday||Texas|
|Sat||Dec 24||2011||Christmas Eve||Observance, Christian|
|Sat||Dec 24||2011||Christmas Eve||State holiday||Texas|
|Mon||Dec 24||2012||Christmas Eve||Observance, Christian|
|Mon||Dec 24||2012||Christmas Eve||State holiday||OK, TX, WI|
|Tue||Dec 24||2013||Christmas Eve||Observance, Christian|
|Tue||Dec 24||2013||Christmas Eve||State holiday||KS*, KY, MI, NC, OK, SC, TX, WI|
|Wed||Dec 24||2014||Christmas Eve||State holiday||KS*, LA, MI, NC, ND, OK, SC, TX, VA*, WI|
|Wed||Dec 24||2014||Christmas Eve||Observance, Christian|
|Thu||Dec 24||2015||Christmas Eve||Observance, Christian|
|Thu||Dec 24||2015||Christmas Eve||State holiday||KS*, LA, MI, NC, ND, OK, SC, TX, VA*, WI|
|Fri||Dec 23||2016||Christmas Eve observed||State holiday||KS*, LA, MI, NC, ND, OK, SC, TX, VA*, WI|
|Sat||Dec 24||2016||Christmas Eve||State holiday||KS*, LA, MI, NC, ND, OK, SC, TX, VA*, WI|
|Sat||Dec 24||2016||Christmas Eve||Observance, Christian|
|Sun||Dec 24||2017||Christmas Eve||Observance, Christian|
|Sun||Dec 24||2017||Christmas Eve||State holiday||KS*, LA, MI, NC, ND, OK, SC, TX, VA*, WI|
|Mon||Dec 25||2017||Christmas Eve observed||State holiday||KS*, LA, MI, NC, ND, OK, SC, TX, VA*, WI|
|Mon||Dec 24||2018||Christmas Eve||Observance, Christian|
|Mon||Dec 24||2018||Christmas Eve||State holiday||KS*, LA, MI, NC, ND, OK, SC, TX, VA*, WI|
|Tue||Dec 24||2019||Christmas Eve||State holiday||KS*, LA, MI, NC, ND, OK, SC, TX, VA*, WI|
|Tue||Dec 24||2019||Christmas Eve||Observance, Christian|
|Thu||Dec 24||2020||Christmas Eve||State holiday||KS*, LA, MI, NC, ND, OK, SC, TX, VA*, WI|
|Thu||Dec 24||2020||Christmas Eve||Observance, Christian|
|* Holiday is partly observed in Kansas, Virginia|
Name in other languages
|ערב חג המולד||Hebrew|
|ليلة عيد الميلاد||Arabic|