Christmas Eve in Sweden in 2019

Christmas Eve in Sweden in 2019
  How long until Christmas Eve?
This holiday next takes place in 40 days.
  Dates of Christmas Eve in Sweden
2021 Sweden Fri, Dec 24 National Holiday
2020 Sweden Thu, Dec 24 National Holiday
2019 Sweden Tue, Dec 24 National Holiday
2018 Sweden Mon, Dec 24 National Holiday
2017 Sweden 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
Julafton
  Christmas Eve in other countries
Christmas Eve internationally
Related holidays

Christmas Eve in Sweden

Christmas Eve is a de facto holiday. These are almost always treated as official holidays by employers, so most employees working regular office hours do not work these days.

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!

    Swedish Christmas Eve Customs

    At 3pm on Christmas Eve around 40% of Swedes will be at home watching 'Donald Duck and His Friends Wish You a Merry Christmas'. The show is actually a 1958 Disney Christmas special called "From All of Us to All of You".

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