Christmas Eve in USA in 2020

Christmas Eve in USA in 2020
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  Dates of Christmas Eve in USA
2022 Dec 23, Dec 24
ArkansasSat, Dec 24Government Holiday
KansasSat, Dec 24Government Holiday
KentuckySat, Dec 24Government Holiday
MichiganSat, Dec 24Government Holiday
OklahomaSat, Dec 24Government Holiday
South CarolinaSat, Dec 24Government Holiday
TexasSat, Dec 24Government Holiday
VirginiaSat, Dec 24Government Holiday
WisconsinSat, Dec 24Government Holiday
North CarolinaFri, Dec 23Government Holiday
2021 North Carolina Thu, Dec 23 Government Holiday (in lieu)
2020 Dec 24
ArkansasThu, Dec 24Government Holiday
KansasThu, Dec 24Government Holiday
KentuckyThu, Dec 24Government Holiday
MichiganThu, Dec 24Government Holiday
North CarolinaThu, Dec 24Government Holiday
OklahomaThu, Dec 24Government Holiday
South CarolinaThu, Dec 24Government Holiday
TennesseeThu, Dec 24Regional Holiday
TexasThu, Dec 24Government Holiday
VirginiaThu, Dec 24Government Holiday
WisconsinThu, Dec 24Government Holiday
2019 Dec 24
USATue, Dec 24Government Holiday
KentuckyTue, Dec 24Government Holiday
MichiganTue, Dec 24Government Holiday
NebraskaTue, Dec 24Government Holiday
North CarolinaTue, Dec 24Government Holiday
North DakotaTue, Dec 24Government Holiday
OklahomaTue, Dec 24Government Holiday
South CarolinaTue, Dec 24Government Holiday
TennesseeTue, Dec 24Government Holiday
TexasTue, Dec 24Government Holiday
VirginiaTue, Dec 24Government Holiday
West VirginiaTue, Dec 24Government Holiday
WisconsinTue, Dec 24Government Holiday
2018 Dec 24
USAMon, Dec 24Government Holiday
ArkansasMon, Dec 24Government Holiday
KansasMon, Dec 24Government Holiday
KentuckyMon, Dec 24Government Holiday
MichiganMon, Dec 24Government Holiday
North CarolinaMon, Dec 24Government Holiday
OklahomaMon, Dec 24Government Holiday
South CarolinaMon, Dec 24Government Holiday
TexasMon, Dec 24Government Holiday
VirginiaMon, Dec 24Government Holiday
West VirginiaMon, Dec 24Government Holiday
WisconsinMon, Dec 24Government Holiday
  Summary
Christmas Eve marks the culmination of the Advent period before Christmas that started on the fourth Sunday before Christmas Eve.
  Christmas Eve in other countries
Christmas Eve internationally
  Which regions observe Christmas Eve in 2020?
Arkansas  ArkansasDec 24Government Holiday
Kansas  KansasDec 24Government Holiday
Kentucky  KentuckyDec 24Government Holiday
Michigan  MichiganDec 24Government Holiday
North Carolina  North CarolinaDec 24Government Holiday
Oklahoma  OklahomaDec 24Government Holiday
South Carolina  South CarolinaDec 24Government Holiday
Tennessee  TennesseeDec 24Regional Holiday
Texas  TexasDec 24Government Holiday
Virginia  VirginiaDec 24Government Holiday
Wisconsin  WisconsinDec 24Government Holiday
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When is Christmas Eve?

Christmas Eve is celebrated on December 24th. 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. For instance in Portugal, while Christmas Eve is not a national holiday, most companies give their employees the day or afternoon off to prepare and to be with their families, and many businesses will close earlier than normal.

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 definitely 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!

In Latvia, the custom is that you can open the presents under the Christmas Tree after the Christmas Eve dinner, with a slight twist - before you take your gift, you'll have to recite a small poem.

Candles

A unique tradition of Christmas decoration in Ireland is a large white candle which is placed at the entrance of the house or in a window.  This candle is lit by the youngest child on Christmas Eve. This is a symbol to welcome the Holy Family and the candle can only be extinguished by a girl or a woman named Mary.

More Christmas Traditions

    Did you know?

    Three facts about Christmas Eve

    Streets are closed on Christmas Eve in Caracas, Venezuela so people can roller skate to church.

    The holiday classic, "The Night Before Christmas," was first published as an 1822 poem entitled, "An Account Of a Visit From St. Nicholas."

    Legend has it, if you sit under a pine tree on Christmas Eve, you can hear angels singing.

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