Christmas Eve

Le réveillon de Noël (ou veille de Noël) est la soirée du 24 December qui précède Noël et qui fait souvent l’objet d’un long repas, généralement familial, parfois accompagné d’autres célébrations telle que la messe de minuit.

Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve, between Christianity and Judaism

Les célébrations de Noël dans les dénominations du christianisme occidental ont depuis longtemps commencé la veille de Noël, en partie à cause du jour liturgique chrétien commençant au coucher du soleil, une pratique héritée de la tradition juive et basée sur l’histoire de la Création dans le book de la Genèse : « Et il y eut soir, et il y eut le matin – le premier jour. » De nombreuses églises sonnent encore leurs cloches et organisent des prières le soir ; par exemple, les églises luthériennes nordiques.

Puisque la tradition veut que Jésus soit né la nuit (basé sur Luc 2:6-8), la messe de minuit est célébrée la veille de Noël, traditionnellement à minuit, en commémoration de sa naissance. L’idée de la naissance de Jésus la nuit se reflète dans le fait que la veille de Noël est appelée Heilige Nacht (Sainte nuit) en allemand, Nochebuena (la bonne nuit) en Spanish et de même dans d’autres expressions de la spiritualité de Noël, comme la chanson « Nuit silencieuse, nuit sainte ».

Many other diverse cultural traditions and experiences are also associated with Christmas Eve around the world including gathering family and friends, singing Christmas carols, lighting up and enjoying Christmas lights, trees and other decorations, wrapping, exchanging and opening gifts, and general preparation for Christmas Day.

It is also often said that legendary characters carrying Christmas presents including Santa Claus, Christkind and Saint Nicholas set off on their annual journey to deliver presents to children around the world on Christmas Eve, although until the Protestant introduction of Christkind in the 16th century. century in Europe, it was said that these characters rather offered gifts on the eve of the feast of St. Nicholas (December 6).

A nativity scene can be erected indoors or outdoors and is made up of figurines representing the infant Jesus resting in a manger, Mary and Joseph. Other characters in the scene may include angels, shepherds, and various animals. Figures can be made of any material and set up in a stable or cave. Magi can also appear and are sometimes not placed on the stage until the week following Christmas to explain their travel time to Bethlehem. While most home cribs are packed at Christmas or shortly thereafter, church cribs usually remain on display until the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord.

There are many traditions around the world. Christmas rites are often mixed with recent local traditions or stemming from ancient paganism. Likewise, the dates may vary depending on religious trends and Churches.

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