One of the most significant aspects of Christmas Eve is religious in nature. Attendance at midnight Mass or prior religious services is obligatory for many Christians. This is still the case for people who are not regular church assistants for the rest of the year. Evidence of the importance of Christmas church services can be seen in churches.
Many churches also have an extra service earlier in the evening to accommodate "extras," and for older people who prefer a service that is prior to Midnight Mass.
On Christmas Eve, there is a mixture of anxiety and anticipation in most families. There is anxiety to set up all the final plans and finalize the decorative touches and make all the necessary purchases. There is also a lot of anticipation on all the joy and excitement of Christmas Day.
Children are often barely able to control themselves by thinking of Christmas presents that they hope to receive. They may try to stay up all night to catch Santa at their tree, or they may just be too excited to sleep.
Christmas Eve is also important for the simple reason that in ancient cultures and customs, a holiday or other The day celebrated really begins from the sunset of the day before the actual day that is celebrated. Therefore, the festivities for Christmas are really starting
Another important aspect of Christmas celebrations is related to retail operations. On Christmas Eve, the shops make a last-ditch effort to push Christmas sales and other merchandise. There are often special promotions announced at the last minute to capitalize on desperate Christmas buyers and other impulse buyers. This last effort is also aimed at increasing sales for the Christmas period.
Food plays a big role in the preparation of Christmas Day and much of its preparation often begins on Christmas Eve. Poultry and other meats are often prepared by letting them sit in a mixture of various herbs and spices, puddings and pies are baked on Christmas Eve, as well as a fresh batch of spice bread and diced Other cookies and treats. The scents and agitation associated with all these preparations also help to
make Christmas Eve a memorable day all by yourself.
Some stores will remain open late, even until midnight or just before midnight. The Macy department store in New York, which charges this branch as the largest in the world, remained open until midnight on Christmas Eve of 1867 for the first time. Christmas Eve culminates in the biggest shopping season, which began the day after Thanksgiving, for retailers.
Christmas Eve is also important for the traditions associated with it. It's the night when parents must play the role of Santa Claus and sneak up toys and other Christmas presents under the Christmas tree for the absolute pleasure and surprise of children who wake up on Christmas morning to find gifts. Claus arriving down chimneys on Christmas Eve to leave gifts for good boys and girls was made popular by a poem, attributed to Clement Clarke Moore. In this poem entitled "Narrative of a visit to St. Nicholas," which Moore wrote in 1822 and which is now known as "Twas the night before Christmas," Moore described Santa as "a good old man." leprechaun". from house to house with his reindeer sled flying in the air to deliver Christmas gifts to all the girls and boys who had behaved well.