Not only is Christmas eve the night Santa takes flight with his reindeer and his huge sack of gifts for all the boys and girls – but it’s known for some other pretty awesome stuff, too.
Here are some facts, anniversaries, superstitions and traditions connected to Christmas Eve…
1. Italians celebrate the Feast of the Seven Fishes (a seven-course seafood meal) on Christmas Eve.
2. The very first performance of the carol Silent Night took place in the church of St Nikolaus in Oberndorf, Austria, on Christmas Eve 1818.
3. According to an old superstition, bread baked on Christmas Eve will never go mouldy. This has not been verified experimentally.
4. Germans call Christmas Eve Heiligabend, (Holy Evening) when the pure in heart are meant to be able to hear animals talking.
5. (Keep the kids away from this one). To deliver gifts on Christmas Eve to every child on Earth, Santa would have to travel 221 billion miles, spending .0002 of a second at each home.
6. In the Middle Ages, Christians celebrated Adam and Eve on Christmas Eve.
7. In Bolivia, they celebrate Misa del Gallo or Mass of the Rooster on Christmas Eve.