There’s only one more sleep until the big day and for many Christmases Eve is one of the most exciting of the festive period.

Whether it’s spending time with family, getting the board games out or preparing for Santa’s arrival, it can be a magical time of year.

Some people keep the same traditions while for others it’s all about the last-minute present wrapping or Christmas shopping in time for the big day.

We asked on our readers on our social media to send in their Christmas Eve traditions, here’s what you said.

For Eileen Browse it’s all in the dessert preparations. She commented: “Make the trifle.

But when mum was little grandad put the tree and decorations up after she and her sister went to bed . Mum said it was lovely coming down to a decorated room and the tree with presents under it . They thought Father Christmas had done it .”

On the theme of sweet treats, Susan Short gets baking with homemade mince pies. She said: “Make mince pies, drink baileys watch bill Murray’s Scrooged.”

Many of our readers are a fan of Christmas pyjamas.

Sarah Harper said: “New pj's and a takeaway!”

Claire Long seems to share a similar tradition as she added: “New matching pj's pamper night with a takeaway.”

For many, Christmas is about spending time with family, and it can be especially exciting if you have young children who are eagerly awaiting a visit from Santa.

Kellie Rixon said: “We sprinkle the reindeer dust and get Santa’s cheese sandwich (he loves them).”

Jenny Beechie Doyle added: “Family Christmas PJs night, fun, games and karaoke.”

Claire Kenny commented: “Games with the kids and party food.”

Another popular tradition is gathering around the TV to watch a classic Christmas film.

Lisa Baker and her family go for the classic family favourties. She said: “We always watch the grinch and Elf and finish the night with delicious real melted hot chocolate drink and marshmallows.”

Another Christmas film fan, Kelly Overing, commented: “New pjs, take away and polar express movie then sprinkle the reindeer food out before bed.”

For many Christmas can be a time of remembrance with many missing loved ones who are no longer able to celebrate the festive season with us.

Jan Lee said: “Light a candle in the window and remember all those no longer with us.”

Thank you to all our readers for sending in your Christmas Eve traditions. We hope you have a wonderful Christmas. Stay safe and have a happy new year!