Christmas Eve traditions from around the world

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Christmas Eve is the day before Christmas Day and is celebrated on 24th December each year. People around the world celebrate Christmas Eve as part of their main Christmas celebration. Let's take a look at some of the different Christmas Eve traditions from around the world:

  • The United States sets out cookies and milk for Santa.

  • Many Canadians open their presents on Christmas Eve.

  • Russians traditionally fast until evening on Christmas Eve.

  • In England, Christmas Day and Boxing Day are more important than Christmas Eve.

  • In Spain, families have a huge feast with their loved ones.

  • In France, many families have their Christmas meal, called le Réveillon de Noël, on Christmas Eve.

  • Italy celebrates Christmas Eve with the Feast of the Seven Fishes.

  • Many Germans eat potato alad with sausage on Christmas Eve.

  • Christmas Eve is one of the biggest shopping days of the year in China.

  • Christmas Eve in Australia is in the peak of summer.

  • In Mexico, children re-enact the story of Mary and Joseph door-to-door up until Christmas Eve.

  • In Denmark, Christmas Day is celebrated on December 24.

  • Christmas Eve in Sweden is also the main day Christmas is celebrated.

  • In Norway, families light a candle every night starting on Christmas Eve and ending on New Year's Day.

  • Iceland has a tradition called Yule Book Flood, in which you give your loved ones books to read on Christmas Eve.

What is your Christmas Eve tradition?


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