Christmas Customs and Traditions of the U.S.A.

U.S.A.- Christmas Customs and Traditions

Christmas Customs and Traditions of the U.S.A. The U.S.A. is a melting pot of nationalities and therefore has a wealth of traditions that it has made its own. Homes, Churches, Malls and cities are filled with decorations, Christmas trees and Christmas  lights. In the U.S.A. it is Santa Claus that brings the presents to all good children on Christmas morning, the name Santa Claus originates from St.Nicolaus and the Dutch word Sinterklaas, who was a bishop and wore red robes trimmed with white fur. Santa Claus will be seen in all the major shops and malls giving children the chance ton have a word with him personnally to let him know that they have been very good and what they would like for Christmas. Celebrations around America vary greatly with the regions but the sentiments of families coming together and the giving and receiving of gifts are the same. Christmas carols feature greatly at this time.  America has produced many great Christmas films which are watched and enjoyed by children all over the world. In Washington D.C., a huge, spectacular tree is lit ceremoniously when the President presses a button and turns on the tree’s lights. American homes are decorated with holly and mistletoe and the trees are trimmed with lights, baubles, candy canes and strings of popcorn, the outside of the houses are often decorated with lights and illuminated figures are often seen around the gardens.  Christmas Eve sees many families going to Midnight mass which begins the Christmas celebrations. Christmas morning children excitedly open their presents before the family Christmas dinner. Christmas dinner normally consists of Roast Turkey or Goose, served with vegetables, cranberry sauce followed by plum pudding and brandy sauce with mince pies. In Arizona they follow the tradition of Mexico called Las Posadas in which they play out the parts of Joseph and Mary looking for somewhere to stay. They will visit the homes of their neighbours and friends to admire their Nativity scenes and in New Mexico paper lanterns will light the way for the Christ Child.  In Hawaii Santa arrives in a boat and Christmas dinner may be eaten outdoors, in Colorado a huge star is illuminated on top of a mountain and can be seen for many miles, In Alaska a star is tied on to a pole and carried from door to door while Herods men try to capture it, Polish Americans place hay on their kitchen floor to remind them that Jesus was born in a stable. It is this diversity that makes Christmas in the U.S.A. so interesting and unique.

 Merry Christmas Everybody!

 

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