Christmas Eve in Iceland in 2019

Christmas Eve in Iceland in 2019
  How long until Christmas Eve?
This holiday next takes place in 64 days.
  Dates of Christmas Eve in Iceland
2021 Iceland Fri, Dec 24 National Holiday
2020 Iceland Thu, Dec 24 National Holiday
2019 Iceland Tue, Dec 24 National Holiday
2018 Iceland Mon, Dec 24 National Holiday
2017 Iceland Sun, Dec 24 National Holiday
  Summary
Christmas Eve marks the culmination of the Advent period before Christmas that started on the fourth Sunday before Christmas Eve.
  Local name
Aðfangadagur
  Christmas Eve in other countries
Christmas Eve internationally
Related holidays

Christmas Eve in Iceland

Christmas Eve is a public holiday on the afternoon on 24th December.

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!

    Christmas Eve Customs in Iceland

    In Iceland, the gift-giving role of Santa Claus is taken by mischievous characters called Yule Lads who reside in the Dimmuborgir mountains. There are thirteen Yule lads, who visit houses in the thirteen days before Christmas. According to the tradition, they place rewards or punishments in shoes left on the windowsill for children based on how they have behaved that year.

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