Tuesday, 24 December 2013

for yonder breaks a new and glorious morn

In Western traditions under the Gregorian (Common) calendar, holidays begin a stroke past midnight on the calendar (from the Latin kalendæ, the name of the first day of every month—like ides for middle of the month) day—with the exception of Christmas and Saint Nicklaus Day, in German and Scandinavian Lutheran traditions, which is when a Santa Claus-like figure brings gifts and is a de-conflation of some of the mixed influences that mark Yuletide customs today.
The keeping of Christmas Eve is in deference to the time-keeping of Judaism and Orthodox Christianity, that reckoned days transitioned at sundown, which in turn goes back to the first lines of the Book of Genesis, which ordered the First Day as evening followed by morning.