On the Eve of Christmas, all families go to church to attend the Christmas celebration, to praise the Lord, watch the nativity and listen to the Christmas carols sung by children. When the clock strikes midnight people hug and kiss each other, saying tratrin’ ny krismasy (Merry Christmas) and partake of the rice cake and the candies from Santa Claus. Then they go home to prepare the big feast of Christmas Day.
As in most countries, people like to give each other Christmas gifts. Within families, parents like to give new clothes to their children. Poorer families, however, may not be able to afford buying gifts, so they make them or do without. Christmas is a time of doing good to others.
“He was born so I am so grateful for that, and I know that He lives and is my Saviour.”