Meaning of Christmas Eve
What is Christmas Eve:
Christmas Eve is the holiday in which Christians celebrate the eve of Christmas or the Nativity of Jesus Christ. It is celebrated on the night of December 24, as the Christian Church officially establishes December 25 as the day of the birth of Jesus.
There are a series of customs and symbols that accompany the celebration of Christmas Eve. On the one hand, on Christmas Eve a ceremony called "Misa de Gallo" or "Mass of the shepherds" takes place.
The mass of the gallo lasts approximately two hours. It begins before midnight and ends at midnight to announce the birth of Christ from the beginning of the 25th. It is also a symbol that the light of God breaks through in the midst of darkness.
On the other hand, according to tradition, in private homes a hearty dinner is held with family and close friends. The food served depends on the traditions of each country. In Mexico, for example, you usually eat stuffed turkey. Some make dinner before midnight mass, others make it after, and others substitute midnight mass for dinner.
Another of the symbols of Christmas Eve is the exchange of gifts. Usually, gifts are only opened after midnight, when it is already Christmas. This custom represents the delivery of presents by the three wise men at the birth of Jesus.
Christmas Eve translates into English as Christmas eve.
In Mexico, Nochebuena refers to the poinsettia flower, a red-leaved plant that is used as a decoration at Christmas.