Catholics can eat meat on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. However, prior to 1983, Catholics did have to fast and abstain from meat on Christmas Eve. This change was the result of the 1983 Code of Canon Law that eliminated this Catholic practice.Continue Reading
Many Italian Catholics still keep the tradition of eating fish dishes on Christmas Eve. In Poland, Catholics also may still observe the fast and refrain from eating meat. A typical Polish Christmas Eve dinner can include foods like beet soup, dumplings made with potatoes and cheese and a fish dish.
Many Catholics in other countries around the world also have special or traditional meals on Christmas Eve. For example, in Denmark, a special rice pudding containing an almond and topped with either raspberry or cherry sauce is a traditional dessert. In France, special foods served can be crepes, oysters and a yule log-shaped cake.Learn more about Christianity
Christmas began as a celebration of the nativity story of Jesus in Rome in 354. It had been celebrated even earlier by Christians in the East, but they incorporated it into their Epiphany celebration on Jan. 6, which focused more on Jesus' baptism. The celebration of Christmas in Rome replaced the pagan solar festivals that occurred on Dec. 25.Full Answer >
The 12 days of Christmas begin on Christmas Day, which is December 25, and end just before the biblical time frame known as Epiphany. The twelfth night is January 5.Full Answer >
The 12 days of Christmas are the 12 days between Christmas Day and the Epiphany, on Jan. 6. There is some confusion about which dates actually end and begin the 12 days. The Church of England counts Dec. 25, Christmas Day, as the first day and Jan. 5 as the 12th day. Other individuals and organizations start on Dec. 26 and consider Jan. 6 to be the 12th day.Full Answer >
Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, or Mormons, do celebrate Christmas to commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ. Mormons believe in the Christmas story as described in the gospels of the Bible. They also include an additional account from “The Book of Mormon.”Full Answer >