The carol Silent Night was first performed in 1818 at a church in Oberndorf, Bavaria on Christmas Eve.
According to an old superstition, bread baked on Christmas Eve will never go mouldy.
According to an old Devonshire superstition, oxen in their stalls are to be seen kneeling at midnight on Christmas Eve.
In France, the traditional Christmas Eve midnight feast begins with oysters and Champagne.
The Beatles' partnership was legally dissolved on Christmas Eve 1974.
People born on Christmas Eve include actress Ava Gardner (1922), aviator/inventor Howard Hughes (1905), world chess champion Emanuel Lasker (1868) and King John of England (1166).
Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama died on Christmas Eve 1524.
Pope Boniface VIII was elected to the papacy on Christmas Eve 1294, replacing Pope Celestine V, who had resigned, considering himself unworthy.