Christmas Eve Traditions Around The World

Christmas Day comes with its own traditions but Christmas Eve around the world also has it's own rituals. In the UK, Caroling is a tradition on the eve of Christmas where groups go door to door or just stand in the town centre and sing Christmas songs to those weary last minute Christmas shoppers. In the US, some like to open gifts from family members before heading to bed, ready for what Santa Clause will bring in the morning.

Christmas Eve is a time for families to be together and await the next day with excitement and trepidation. Many like to cosy up on the sofa and watch films such as 'It's a Wonderful Life' or maybe even 'Die Hard'.

The most important thing is, if you have kids, to enjoy the holiday season. If you are doing the Elf on the Shelf, this will be the last night that they will be around till they fly back to the North Pole. How will their reports of the children be? Will Santa bring their presents or will he leave them a lump of coal? Hopefully the former!

Usually, a big dinner that evening is the norm for many. Some in Britain like to do the cracker pulling on Christmas Eve as well as Christmas Day too.

What are some Christmas Eve traditions your family has? Let us know in the comments below.

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