Good morning from Connecticut, USA
Being of Italian heritage, we celebrate on Christmas Eve with many traditions. Festivities begin as early in the day as possible with much eating and drinking of special foods. Preparation for a special 8-course Christmas Eve traditional (meatless) dinner begins days before, and finishing touches are made for the big meal. We play cards and board games, everyone shares special Christmas Eve memories, and at 9pm we all gather around the television to watch the classic movie "Christmas In Connecticut". At 11pm we all go a special Cloistered Abbey in nearby Bethlehem, Connecticut to attend Vespers and midnite mass in a converted stable. It is so beautiful. When we return home after mass, we open our gifts and empty the shoes and stockings of all the special treasures "Papa Natale" has left for us. We talk until the wee hours of Christmas morning, and then begin festivities all over again for the big day!