Christmas Eve is the name given to December 24, the day before the Christmas holiday. As per the Western Christian Churches, the Christmas season is supposed to begin on the Christmas Eve itself. The late afternoon or early evening of December 24 is reserved for saying the 'Mass of the Vigil'. The Christmas season comes to an end on the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, which is celebrated on the Sunday following the Solemnity of the Epiphany.
Most Catholics, following the old traditions, celebrate the midnight Mass at midnight on Christmas. Christmas Eve has today gained almost the same level of importance as the holiday itself. Christmas celebrations start on the eve of Christmas itself. In the following lines, we have provided some ideas for celebrating the Eve of Christmas.
Christmas Eve party is a very important part of the Christmas Eve. All the members of the family, along with close friends and relatives, gather for the party to welcome the most significant day of the year, i.e., Christmas. Different countries have different traditions as far as meals of the Christmas Eve party are concerned. In Germany roast carp forms a major part of the meal, while in Czech Republic, it is the fish soup that is more essential.