LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - For days, even weeks, it's been a race to Christmas fighting lines and customers all to get the "perfect gift."
"It is stressful," said Shelli Hilton, "We were actually out in Hamburg today, and it is crazy with all of the hustle and bustle."
Then Christmas Eve night hits and for many, like Hilton, it's almost like a deep breath and an escape from the craziness.
"It's great to take that time to just reflect and just sit back and really take in what Christmas is all about," said Hilton, "And it's not about buying presents."
So, many turn to church services as a way to join family and friends and refocus on what this time of year is truly about.
"It means a lot for us to be here tonight," answered Hilton, who took part in a service at Momentum Christian Church.
Churches all over took time to gather and welcome others in to reflect on this season.
"I think our world has become so commercialized that people feel the need, after weeks and weeks of hustle and bustle, to come and to be still, to be quiet," said Father Jim Sichko, of Saint Mark Catholic Church in Richmond.
Father Jim, as he's known to many, said he finds beauty in the Christmas Eve time because everyone from members of his church, to visitors, even non-Christians will join together for this special time.
Pastor Tim Cooper, of Momentum Christian Church in Lexington, added, "Christmas is no secret at this time of the year. So we have an awesome opportunity to gather and celebrate, and really to make memories together and remember what it is and why it is that we gather at this time of year in the first place."
"It's about the great gift we've been given from Jesus," answered Hilton.
This moment to pause and share in that love is helping many to bring this crazy time of year back to a more proper focus.