Sunday 24 December 2023

Christmas Eve


Christmas Eve

                                                        All images courtesy of Wikimedia Commons                                                        

At the first stroke of midnight on Christmas Eve legend has it that all animals are given the power of human speech for that one special night. So, in homes and stables, fields and forests, animals domestic and wild acknowledge the miracle of Christmas, along with the bees, who sing a hymn at midnight just as Christmas Day breaks.

 The Adoration of the Christ-child by Mary and St Joseph from the Book of Hours of Simon de Varie

The origins of this folklore are lost but it is repeated to generations of wide-eyed children who try to stave off sleep so that they may hear the beasts speak.

                 Detail from 'The Nativity' by Zanobi Strozzi (1412-1468)  
                                    Note the kneeling ass and ox 


  1. Oh I wish! I would be out in the woods listening to what they say. I'd love to know.

  2. I have never heard the speaking of the animals.

  3. I'd love to know what they say. Wishing you and your family a merry Christmas.

  4. Christmas Eve is celebrated on December 24, the day
    before the Christian holiday of Christmas...
    In most European countries, Christmas gifts are
    exchanged on Christmas Eve...
    European and North American churches hold services,
    some of which begin at midnight...

    And yes, when l was a boy we all went to midnight mass..
    Which lasted some two hours...then we went home...all
    singing..'What it is to be Merry' Hic! HeHe! :).
    We then all gathered in the front room, Father Christmas
    would then pop in...and gave everyone presents...l remember
    a hell of a noise up above, Dad said it was just the reindeer
    shuffling about..! :).
    So, as kids we played with our toys...time went sleep,
    by the time we turned round it was Christmas dinner time!
    And the rest of the day, the grown ups slept...and we kids,
    did what we kids did...HaHa! Can't remember now...! :(
    🎁💐 🎄✨🎄🎁💐 🎄✨🎄🎁💐 🎄✨🎄🎁💐 🎄✨🎄

  5. Sending you Merry Christmas wishes. Hope you and your husband are recovered enough from covid to enjoy time with your fur babies.

  6. Merry Christmas to you. Enjoy your festivities.

  7. Merry Christmas Wishes.

    All the best Jan


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