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Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve is the evening or entire day before Christmas Day, the festival commemorating the birth of Jesus. Christmas Day is observed around the world, and Christmas Eve is widely observed as a full or partial holiday in anticipation of Christmas Day. Together, both days are considered one of the most culturally significant celebrations in Christendom and Western society. Christianity places emphasis on three ideas: commemoration of the birth of Jesus, belief in his Virgin Birth, and celebration of his incarnation as the Son of God. The Feast of the Nativity was established by Saint Nicholas in 324 to commemorate the birth of Jesus and was celebrated on December 25th. However, over time, there was confusion about when Jesus was actually born so Pope Julius I chose December 25th to make observing this feast mandatory throughout the Western Christian world. Many Christian denominations celebrate on December 24th in anticipation of Christmas Day while others celebrate December 25th itself as both a sacred religious holiday and a cultural celebration. Regardless of how it is celebrated, Christmas Eve is traditionally a time for family and friends, feasting, gift-giving, singing, and watching holiday specials on television. It is also a time for reflection on the true meaning of Christmas: celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ and sharing His love with others.

We have brought some amazing resources to make your Christmas Eve extra special and a memorable one!

Activity Ideas:

  • Print off and enjoy The Christmas Eve activity book week 4 – here
  • Make a cosy hot chocolate for Christmas Eve – here
  • Make your own colourful Christmas cocktails – here