By Emmanuel Moss
With Christmas being “the most wonderful time of the year”, there is no doubt that it is one of the largest celebrations around the world. The United States is no exception. Here are some common Christmas traditions in America.
Christmas day is celebrated differently all around the US, but usually, people start off the festive season by reuniting with their families visiting from down the road or across the globe. Decorating their gardens with lights, decorative reindeer, snowmen, a fake Santa Claus, putting up a Christmas tree in their house or their garden and other festive decorations are also very common.
These activities may get competitive as the prettiest house becomes the star of the block. Families will often organize a special meal to eat together. This meal consists of turkey, ham, stuffing, mashed potato, gravy, cranberry sauce, carrots, pudding, Christmas pudding, and fruitcake. After the meal, some families like to go for a walk or a drive to look at all the decorated houses.
Gift giving also has a large part to play in the traditional American Christmas day. Children, in particular, receive a lot of gifts from their parents, other relatives and, of course, Santa Claus. Most families wake up early in the morning, gather around the tree and open their presents one by one. Presents are usually a surprise for the receiver but most people will hint at what they want so they can guess what they are going to get.
Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Christ and religious families usually go to church for midnight mass which is held on the night of Christmas Eve. Along with these activities, there are countless other ways Americans celebrate this festival.