Christmas in the United States, as well as in Western Europe, is celebrated annually on December 25th. Both children and adults are looking forward to this holiday. This is not surprising, because the holiday atmosphere is present all over –decorated streets and houses, waiting for Santa Claus and gifts, plenty of tasty festive dishes. Christmas with all the trimming creates an atmosphere of magic and excitement. Even people who are not Christians or identify themselves as non-religious are happy to celebrate this holiday.
The tradition of giving gifts at Christmas has become so popular that most of the stores fill their stocks long before the start of the holiday. Gifts are given to children, family members, close friends, employees, and people who provide services.
In addition to gifts, many Americans bake cookies, cakes and other deserts, which on the eve of the holiday they give to friends and neighbors.
Traditional Christmas dishes for Americans are the turkey or ham with cranberry sauce. Tamales are considered the traditional Christmas dish of southwestern US states. This is a corn tortilla wrapped in leaves of corn with meat, cheese, vegetable or fruit filling.
Americans are very fond of decorating their homes over the Christmas holiday. Roofs, smokers, windows, and even kennels are decorated with garlands, consisting of hundreds of colored lights. The entrance of a house is decorated with Christmas trees, statues of Santa Claus, reindeer, gnomes, and snowmen. The door is decorated with a wreath with an inscription of Merry Christmas.
On Christmas Eve, the streets of both small towns and large cities are also decorated with lights. The most famous Christmas lights in the US are lit at Rockefeller Center Plaza in New York. There, there is also a huge Christmas tree with a skating rink working round the clock for free. Thousands of people come to the main square for Christmas to plunge into the festive atmosphere and get Christmas mood.
It is common for all Americans to meet Christmas with the whole family in the parental home. Before the start of the meal, prayers are made, glorifying God. Then Americans eat sacred bread. After that, a family drinks red wine and eats a traditional Christmas dishes, consisting of cabbage, bean soup, homemade sausages, fish, and potato pie. An essential attribute of the Christmas table is the prunes and green peas. Americans with Scottish roots consider stuffed turkey the main Christmas dish.
For many Americans, Christmas is still in its original religious content. On Christmas Eve, the believers go to the midnight service at church, where the dramatization of the birth of Jesus Christ takes place.
Christmas in the United States, as well as in Western Europe, is celebrated annually on December 25th. Both children and adults are looking forward to this holiday. This is not surprising, because the holiday atmosphere is present all over –decorated streets and houses, waiting for Santa Claus and gifts, plenty of tasty festive dishes.