How Does Haiti Celebrate Christmas?

Haiti celebrates Christmas much like many other countries with families getting together to have a special dinner and giving gifts to one another, and many people go to midnight Mass. The holiday season begins early in Haiti, with schools closing for about two weeks around Christmas time.

People often decorate their trees and homes. On Christmas Eve, homes are lit up for most of the night. A tradition is for children to put out their clean shoes with some hay. Santa removes the hay and replaces it with presents. After going to midnight Mass or caroling, people have a special meal called "reveillon" that lasts until the dawn hours. People drink anisette, an anise-flavored liqueur. On Christmas Day, gifts are exchanged.