Christmas Eve in USA 2024

Until Christmas Eve in USA are 207 days, ie 6 months and 24 days.

In 2024 Christmas Eve in USA is on 24th December (Tuesday).

Probably the most important holiday for all Christians is preceded by a special evening – Christmas Eve. A great amount of countries around the world consider this day, December 24, as a full or partial holiday. The celebration is connected with commemorating Jesus Christ’s birth, although its actual date is still an object of discussion.

Although most Christians believe that Jesus was born on December 25, the eve of that day is also considered a holiday. It is connected with an old way of counting time. When Jesus was on Earth, the day started at sunset and ended at sunset the next evening. What is more, according to the Bible Jesus was born at night, so the night between December 24 and 25 is special for Christians. In many cultures at midnight there is the first liturgy of Christmastide called the Midnight Mass.

Many traditions and customs are connected with Christmas Eve, although they may vary depending on the country or the culture. It is common for families to gather together in the evening, sing Christmas carols and eat a special meal. Giving each other gifts in the evening, December 24, is also popular in many countries. In the United States gifts are rather opened in the morning, December 25. Symbols connected with Christmas Eve could be a Christmas tree, a shooting star and Christmas decorations often appearing in colors associated with Santa Claus, white and red. A popular motif is also a reindeer, a snowflake, ivy and a mistletoe. The Christmas Eve evening is also a joyful moment for many children – they often help to decorate the house with lights or other decorations and hang up stockings on the fireplace hoping to get some sweets from the Santa.

In the United States Christmas Eve is not an official federal holiday. In some states, however, it is a day off – fully or in part. Christmas Eve is a state holiday in states such as: Kentucky, Michigan, Oklahoma, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas and Wisconsin. In Virginia, Kansas or North Dakota December 24 is a partial day off. Educational institutions are usually closed for the whole day, while many shops are open with shorter opening hours.

Did you know?

One of the most prominent Christmas Eves in the history of mankind, especially American people, was 24 December 1968. On that special day the three astronauts of Apollo 8 – Bill Anders, Jim Lovell and Frank Borman – have read the story of Creation from the biblical Book of Genesis as the orbited the Moon. It was also the most watched television broadcast at that time.

Other years

Day of the weekDateName of holiday
Saturday24th December 2022Christmas Eve in USA 2022
Sunday24th December 2023Christmas Eve in USA 2023
Wednesday24th December 2025Christmas Eve in USA 2025
Thursday24th December 2026Christmas Eve in USA 2026
Friday24th December 2027Christmas Eve in USA 2027
Sunday24th December 2028Christmas Eve in USA 2028
Monday24th December 2029Christmas Eve in USA 2029

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