The United States of America has many different traditions and manner ins which people celebrate Christmas, since of its multi-cultural nature. Many custom-mades resemble ones in the UK, France, Italy, The Netherlands, Poland and Mexico.
The standard meal for Western European families is turkey or ham with cranberry sauce. Households from Eastern European origins favour turkey with trimmings, keilbasi (a Polish sausage), cabbage dishes, and soups; and some Italian families prefer lasagne!
Some Americans utilize pop-corn threaded on string to assist decorate their Christmas Tree. Making gingerbread homes is likewise popular to make and consume at Christmas! Eggnog is a ‘traditional’ Christmas drink in the USA.
Many Americans , particularly Christians will go to Church to commemorate the birth of Jesus at Christmas. Many churches have unique Christmas Carol services and events where the story of Christmas is informed.
In New England (the American States of Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine), there are shops called ‘Christmas Shops’ that only sell Christmas decorations and toys all the year round!
.?. !! Individuals in America like to decorate the outsides of their homes with lights and in some cases even statues of Santa Claus, Snowmen and Reindeer. Some cookies and glass of milk are often neglected as a snack for Santa on Christmas Eve!
Towns and cities often decorate the streets with lights to celebrate Christmas. Perhaps the most famous Christmas street lights in the U.S.A. are at the Rockefeller Center in New York where there is a big Christmas Tree with a public ice skating rink in front of it over Christmas and the New Year.
In Hawaii, Santa is called Kanakaloka! Customs such as Mumming occur in some neighborhoods. On New Year’s Day in Philadelphia there is a Mummer’s Day parade which lasts over six hours! Clubs called “New Years Associations” carry out in fantastic costumes which take months to make. There are four classifications (Comics, Fancies, String Bands, and Fancy Brigades) which are evaluated. You can find out more on the main site: www.phillymummers.com (goes to another website).
In the Southwest USA, there are some unique customs which have some resemblances to those in parts of Mexico. These consist of ‘luminarias’ or ‘farolitos’ which are paper sacks partly filled with sand and then have a candle put in them. They are lit on Christmas Eve and are put the edges of paths. They represent ‘lighting the method’ for somewhere for Mary and Joseph to stay.
A popular food at Christmas in the Southwest USA are tamales. You can find out more about Christmas customs in the Southwest U.S.A. on www.lonestarwesterndecor.com/vibrant-christmas-traditions-of-the-southwest.html (goes to another site).
In the south of Louisiana, on Christmas Eve, households in little neighborhoods along the Mississippi River light bonfires along the levees (the high river banks) to assist ‘Papa Noel’ (the name for Santa in French as Louisiana has a strong historical connection with France) discover his way to the children’s homes!