Christmas Eve Day in Denmark in 2019

Christmas Eve Day in Denmark in 2019
Traditionally it is the Christmas Elf who brings presents on Christmas Eve in Denmark.
  How long until Christmas Eve Day?
This holiday next takes place in 41 days.
  Dates of Christmas Eve Day in Denmark
2021 Denmark Fri, Dec 24 National Holiday
2020 Denmark Thu, Dec 24 National Holiday
2019 Denmark Tue, Dec 24 National Holiday
2018 Denmark Mon, Dec 24 National Holiday
2017 Denmark Sun, Dec 24 National Holiday
  Summary
Danes celebrate three days of Christmas, starting early on December 24th in the evening.
  Local name
Juleaftensdag
  Christmas Eve Day in other countries
Christmas Eve Day internationally
Related holidays

Christmas Eve Day in Denmark

All shops close at noon on Christmas Eve. In the afternoon, the Christmas dinner is prepared and some families may go to church to hear the Christmas Gospel. In the evening, Christmas dinner is served with duck, turkey or goose being popular meats.

After the meal is finished, the Christmas tree is lit. It is tradition for families to walk around the tree singing Christmas carols. Finally it's time to unwrap the presents, before coffee and sweets then bedtime.

When is Christmas Eve?

Christmas Eve is celebrated on 24th December. If Christmas Day falls on a weekend, then this holiday may be observed on a different day.

Countries and regions which officially have Christmas Eve as a public holiday are shown on the right.

Even if it is not a public holiday, be aware that many businesses in Europe will give employees the afternoon or the whole day as a holiday.

As Christmas is traditionally a time to spend with families, a lot of people may leave work early to travel home or visit relatives, so this is not a good day to arrange business meetings.

History of Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve marks the culmination of the Advent period before Christmas that started on the fourth Sunday before Christmas Eve. Many churches will mark the end of Advent with midnight church services.

In Latin America, Christmas Eve marks the end of a nine day period before Christmas, called 'Las Posandas' which represents the none months of labour for the Virgin Mary before she gave birth to Jesus.

Christmas Eve Traditions

Gifts

On the night of Christmas Eve, children around the world will leave food and drink for whoever will come to their house and bring them presents. Who this is, depends on what part of the world you live. It might be Santa Claus or Father Christmas; but in Switzerland it will be the Christchild who delivers the presents. In Denmark, it's the Christmas elf; in Sweden, it'll be a small man and in Finland, it'll be the Christmas goat!

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