Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Christmas Traditions - Christmas Eve

There are as many Christmas Eve traditions as there are those who celebrate Christmas.

Many celebrate the eve of Christ’s birth with a church service, which includes numerous countries and denominations. There are those who fast on Christmas Eve and only eat after the Midnight Mass.

Some eat their Christmas dinner on Christmas Eve and then go to Christmas Mass.

Some people exchange gifts on Christmas Eve.

In some countries, people bring their trees in on Christmas Eve and spend the evening decorating them. Or they light a Yule log from last year’s Yule log and let it burn until the 12th night. Only on this night are you to bring greenery into the house like mistletoe, ivy or evergreens.

An old tale had young girls baking a “dumb cake” and then using a pin, poking their initials into the top of it. From there, the girls set the cake on the hearth, and in the morning, the initials of their future husband would be alongside theirs.

The Dumb-Cake Baking
Print by W. Finden, c1843

“Dumb cake.”

One and one-half pounds flour, one and one-half pounds sugar, one-half pound butter, two cups milk, four teaspoonfuls baking powder, ten eggs and two gills brandy and a little pulverized mace. Mix as any cake and bake in a flat pan. Now cut off two corners to make it a triangle; ice top and sides with icing; outline nuts and garnish the lower edge with English walnuts and autumn leaves.

Not exactly a light, after dinner snack.

There were rumors of animals being able to talk on Christmas Eve as they pronounced their praise for the baby Jesus.

Most of the caroling is done on Christmas Eve.

No matter how you spend your Christmas Eve, those traditions belong to you and your loved ones and are unique to your family.

Another thing that can belong to your loved ones on Christmas Eve is any of the handmade gifts listed below.

Seagull On The Beach Fabric Keychain


Wrap bracelet, beaded and macrame coil wrap, boho chic handmade bracelet, The fiesta at night bracelet

Andrea Designs 

Sunflower Necklace

Pretty Gonzo 

Muskie Fish Desk Or Shelf Clock

Kev’s Krafts 

Earrings Beaded Hoops Red Gold Clear Japanese Seed Beads

Magdalene Jewels 

Gold and Silver Mixed Metal Circle Earrings, Handmade Jewelry

Victorian Style Treasures 

Aged and Worn Swan Statues on Rustic Cast Fountain

Colleen Cornelius 

Knit Scarf, Wire Weave Brooch, Super Bulky Neck Wrap, Gift for Her

Crafting Memories 

Triple Wrap Beaded Marigold Leather Greek BOHO Abstract Bracelet

Kats All That 

Khamphi Rosewood Exotic Wood Dangle Earrings silver gold wires


Handmade Lampwork Glass Focal Beads

Covergirl Beads 

Christmas Fox Earrings, Faux Vintage Tin Snowflakes Handmade Jewelry

Shadow Dog Designs 

Microphone Earrings

The Singing Beader 

Big Bold Blue and Yellow Flower Pendant Silver Chain Necklace

Blue Morning Expressions 

In addition to these fantastic gift selections, each of these artists have their own shops filled with more gift ideas, so be sure and stop and shop with each one.

If you see  something you like, buy it now or forever lose it as handmade gifts sell out quickly!

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