According to tradition, Christmas is celebrated for three days: 7, 8 and 9 January.
On Christmas Eve, Christmas Eve, decided to celebrate modestly, it was a long and quiet family holiday. On this day, decorate a Christmas tree with toys, but beneath it lay gifts for children. The name "Eve" is connected with the custom to use this day to eat sochivo - dried corn grains, soaked in water, simply put - porridge.
All family members were dressed for a holiday and get together. Table covered with snow-white tablecloth and served the best dishes. Dishes must be rovno13, but the table was setting an even number of people. When going to an odd number, was applied to a single free tool.
By tradition, the Christmas meal begins with the appearance of the first stars, in memory of the Star of Bethlehem, the shepherds announcing the birth of Christ. Table covered in Christmas all day. On the table - always soup, chicken, ham, potatoes, salad, vodka and wine. For dessert - kutya, strudel, cake, juice, tea or coffee. It was believed that the entire Christmas week should keep plenty on the table, then the coming year will be rich and satisfying.
At Christmas Eve begins Christmastide - the twelve days between Christmas and Epiphany. In the yuletide taken to dress the bears, pigs, and all ungodliness, sing songs and tell fortunes.