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Kids Turn Holidays

Christmas Eve

Definition: Many families celebrate Christmas Eve with dinners, visiting and carol-singing, followed by midnight church services.

Norwegians say that Christmas Peace descends at 4 o'clock in the afternoon.

Polish families believe Christmas Eve celebrations begin when the first star is spotted, symbolizing the Star of Bethlehem.

Italian families often fast for 24-hours prior to Christmas Eve then gather to eat a meatless meal on the eve.

Germans call the night before Christmas Heilig Abend, meaning holy night.

Attending midnight mass is said to be a way to rejoice in the story of the birth of Jesus Christ. The Portuguese call their midnight mass the Missa do Galo, meaning a mass for the rooster.

Celebrated on December 24

At Kids' Turn Central:

Christmas Corner
Everything Christmas for families and kids.

Elsewhere on the Web:

Christmas Eve Cookbook
This book offers the story of Christmas Eve and it's wonderful tastes.

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