A Luxembourg Christmas

In Luxembourg, as in much of Europe, Christmas Eve is the big night. Families gather together around the Christmas tree in the early evening and later attend Midnight Mass.

The most popular mass is at The Eglise Saint Michel at the Fëschmaart. A popular English-language mass is at The Anglican Church in the Konvikt Chapel at 5, Avenue Marie Thérèse.

Gifts are opened either before or after church. Children believe presents are delivered by the Christ Child (again, no Santa Claus).

On December 25th, family and friends gather for a traditional Luxembourg dinner, which often features black pudding or venison with mashed potatoes and applesauce. In recent years, turkey has also gained popularity. On this day, city and village associations also perform live nativity plays and give concerts.

December 26th is a quiet day, spent visiting friends and relatives.

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