Christmas Eve is the evening of the day before Christmas. It commemorates the birth of Jesus Christ in Bethlehem. There is a celebratory air to this evening. Christmas Eve is not a national holiday. Still, schools and other educational establishments are usually closed. People decorate their homes with seasonal decorations. Just before bedtime, many families, mostly those with children hang up stockings on the fireplace or at the end of their bed. Christmas Eve is the time to celebrate, rejoice, honor the birth of Jesus and realize the depth of the Christmas message which is love, modesty, peace and hope.
The beginning of the holiday season at the end of the year is marked with Christmas Eve. Many Christians remember the events around the birth of Jesus on this eve. As a tradition, as soon as the Christmas Eve ends and Christmas arrives, a midnight mass at church is especially attended by the Roman Catholics. Now-a-days, there are several churches that hold a church service in the early part of the Christmas Eve. Special services on Christmas Eve are also held by numerous Protestant churches. No matter whether the church is Roman Catholic or Protestant, each and every church is beautifully decorated on Christmas Eve. These decorations include presentation of a crib scene depicting the holy family, with statues representing Mother Mary, Joseph, the baby Jesus, the shepherds and various animals that were present in the stable where Jesus was born.
Church services on Christmas Eve hold many programs that are related to Christmas. People go to each other’s home singing carols. During the church service, the priest delivers a meaningful sermon and Christmas carols are delightfully sung. Many people donate their time to charity. Traditionally, Christmas Eve meals in America are ham or fowl. Some families like to have light meal and serve soup and crackers. Mostly people have nice sausage and cheese for delicious snacks and appetizers. People visit their friends and relatives and exchange gifts and cards.
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