HoHoHo! Christmas Eve is a week away. Are you ready?
It’s been a different year. I hope you’re wearing your mask and social distancing. For me, I’ve done most of my shopping online. I prefer to shop locally but stores are closed or limited to 15% occupancy. Hopefully they manage to hang in there.
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. Christmas Eve get togethers, festivals and parties are cancelled this year around the world.
Christmas Eve in Canada is the last day of preparations for the Christmas Day and Boxing Day holidays. It is a busy shopping day and some people give gifts to family and friends on this day.
According to Wikipedia many people in Canada have to work on Christmas Eve, but it is also a day of preparation for the approaching holidays. Some people buy last-minute Christmas gifts for family members and friends while others wrap presents that they bought earlier. If a family is going eat a traditional meal on Christmas Day, they may begin preparations on Christmas Eve.People who attend church regularly may go to a church service on the evening of December 24, known as midnight mass. Traditionally, this service started at midnight as December 24 became December 25 but now often starts earlier in the evening. In Quebec the traditional meal after this service is a pie of meat, potatoes and onions known as tourtire (tortiere, tourtier).
What about you? Do you have Christmas Eve traditions? What will you be doing this year?