Here in Hungary, Christmas Eve is actually the big event. Like in the States, stores and services shut down during the day, but a bit earlier here. Families typically gather together in the afternoon to put up and decorate their tree — it’s a procrastinator’s dream, where buying the Christmas tree isn’t SUPPOSED to be done until the day or two beforehand! They then sit down to a big dinner — the traditional treat is fish soup, and there’s a reason it’s only eaten once a year, trust us. After dinner, everyone opens their presents before going to midnight mass.
Which leaves Christmas Day to actually sleep in and relax. It might just catch on with us.