Origin of Christmas Eve
Words nearby Christmas Eve
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What is Christmas Eve?
Most Christians celebrate Christmas on December 25, making Christmas Eve December 24. But Christmas is celebrated on January 7 in the Orthodox Church due to the use of a different calendar, making Christmas Eve fall on January 6.
The term Christmas Day is sometimes used to refer to Christmas to distinguish it from Christmas Eve, as in Are you arriving on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day?
Christmas is also widely observed in secular (nonreligious) ways. Popular activities include the decoration of a Christmas tree and the exchange of gifts. Most people exchange gifts on Christmas morning, but some exchange them or at least a few on Christmas Eve.
By those who celebrate Christmas, Christmas Eve is often seen as a festive time that’s associated with a sense of wonder and anticipation. Many families have special traditions for Christmas Eve.
Christians often attend church on Christmas Eve, sometimes at midnight of Christmas Day, or later on Christmas morning.
In secular terms, Santa Claus is said to deliver gifts to children’s homes on Christmas Eve.
Example: I love Christmas Eve even more than Christmas—the sense of anticipation is the best part!
Where does Christmas Eve come from?
The first records of the term Christmas Eve in English come from the 1300s. The word eve refers to the day or, especially, the night before a holiday. It is used in the same way in New Year’s Eve. (The word Halloween comes from an abbreviation of Allhallows Even, in which even means the same thing as eve—it is the day before Allhallows, or All Saints Day).
In religious terms, the Christmas season is sometimes considered to extend from Christmas Eve to the feast of the Epiphany or Twelfth Day on January 6. This period is sometimes called Christmastide, though this word can also be used in a more general way to refer to the period from Christmas Eve to New Year’s Day. The word Christmastime is often used more generally to refer to the entire month of December.
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What are some synonyms for Christmas Eve?
- the night before Christmas
- the day before Christmas
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How is Christmas Eve used in real life?
Christmas Eve is often when many of the main Christmas festivities begin. Many people have special traditions for Christmas Eve.
One of the most special Christmas Eve traditions in the Polish culture is the sharing of “Opłatek” before dinner. You wish each other blessings for the coming year. I’ve carried this tradition on with my family each year. #MyHolidayTradition #31crazyNYMnights pic.twitter.com/qRzFmN9E1w
— Krystyne Santos (@KrystyneSantos) December 2, 2020
My favorite holiday tradition would probably spending Christmas Eve with my cousins, it’s really the only time we can all get together because everyone’s so busy, but it’s a lot of fun and the only holiday we all really look forward to cause it means we can ALL see each other 💕
— Justice ☾🧣 (@SaturnSwifts13) December 3, 2020
just watched it's a Wonderful life 😭❤ oh god my heart strings, love it ❤ The best xmas film ever,I remember every year as a kid watching it Christmas Eve night with Dad, memories I cherish ❤ so wish I could sit with him this Christmas Eve & watch it 🥰
Yes I no I'm soppy 😂
— Wendy Ward ❤ (@Wend3211) November 29, 2020
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True or False?
All Christians observe Christmas Eve on December 24.
How to use Christmas Eve in a sentence
Josh Bell and his dad were about to hit a Christmas Eve workout when Bell’s phone buzzed.In Josh Bell, the Nationals added a big bat. Now Mike Rizzo might search for another.|Jesse Dougherty|December 26, 2020|Washington Post
A man named Colonel Shoup was on duty Christmas Eve, Hillier says.
When Santa Claus takes off on Christmas Eve, he won’t be doing it in secret.
My cousin also wants to fly from North Carolina to New Jersey, spend Christmas Eve with our family and then visit with other family members.COVID Questions: How Should My Family Handle a Coronavirus Christmas?|Jamie Ducharme|December 8, 2020|Time
Abercrombie & Fitch, for instance, has told shoppers on its web site that December 4 is the cut off to be sure items will arrive by Christmas Eve—unless they’re willing to pay extra shipping.Cyber Monday sales could hit a record $12.7 billion. Can retailers handle the surge?|Phil Wahba|November 30, 2020|Fortune
In the wee hours of Christmas morning, a flight deal was shared in an exclusive Facebook group for urban travelers.‘We Out Here’: Inside the New Black Travel Movement|Charlise Ferguson|January 4, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Plenty of Jewish kids today grow up with a Christmas tree next to their menorah.
This is the first Christmas I can remember when the news was all about cops and race.
So this is Christmas, as the song goes, and what have we done?
And that was well before this Christmas, when he appeared to joke about Obama being a Muslim.How James Woods Became Obama’s Biggest Twitter Troll|Asawin Suebsaeng|December 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Eve, too, lovely as she is, seems to bear no likelihood of resemblance to Milton's superb mother of mankind.Women in the fine arts, from the Seventh Century B.C. to the Twentieth Century A.D.|Clara Erskine Clement
He staggered along with much difficulty and managed to complete half of it by Christmas.The Homesteader|Oscar Micheaux
He was released soon after Christmas, and another Vicar filleth his place.Showell's Dictionary of Birmingham|Thomas T. Harman and Walter Showell
And when cool silence came again, Hugh begged that the two would have their Christmas Eve dinner with him, at his hotel.
She looked radiantly beautiful, and as happy as if her soul were singing a Christmas Carol.