Christmas in Liechtenstein is celebrated with a public holiday every 25 December, as it is in a majority of countries around the world. This Christian festivity commemorates the birth of Jesus, and is part of a 22-28 day season in the Christian calendar known as Advent.
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In Liechtenstein, the Christmas season begins in early December when “Santa” visits children at home and informs them who has been good and who has been bad this year. If they haven’t been “too bad”, they are allowed to ask Saint Nick for a present. He then assures them that the “Christmas angel” will deliver the gift on Christmas Eve.
About two weeks before Christmas Day, the Christmas tree is brought to the home. It is set up but not decorated until Christmas Eve. Many will attend midnight mass on Christmas Eve and then come home for a big, but very late, Christmas dinner. Friends and family may visit late into the night.
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