Christmas and New Year Holidays in America
The Christmas season begins in November
In the U.S, the Christmas season traditionally begins after Thanksgiving Day that falls on the fourth Thursday in November. On Saturday, then immediately performed a spectacular parade in the city of New York, with the arrival of Santa Claus marking the start of the Christmas shopping season.
Christmas is a religious and secular
Christmas was originally a strictly religious celebration which celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ on December 25. In the United States has become very commercial and secular celebration. Department stores, shopping malls and small shops elaborately decorate their establishments and entice customers to spend liberally on Christmas presents. However, for many people Christmas still holds a serious religious significance. An opportunity for an annual family reunion and throughout the country creates an atmosphere of generosity and good will known as the "Christmas Spirit".
This season of celebration is more than just Christmas
The Jewish celebration of Hanukah is celebrated in mid-December and the African-American celebration of Kwanzaa fall on the same period. Along with Christmas, make a joyful holiday season.
Santa Claus is Saint Nicholas of America
Santa Claus was originally based on St. Nicholas who was a well-known European bishop for his generosity in giving gifts to poor neighbors during the harsh winters. In the United States, Santa Claus is usually presented as a gay man and fat, with a big white beard and dressed in a red suit. He drives a sleigh pulled by magic is eight reindeer and fly around the world, the night before Christmas, giving toys and candy to all children.
Christmas trees are a tradition
Many families in the United States placed a small pine tree in their homes and decorate it with bright colored lights and ornaments. On Christmas morning, children awaken to find their gifts in colorful wrappers under the Christmas tree. Small, often empty stockings hanging in the fireplace and also find them filled with candy and small toys.
Christmas lights create wonderful scenes
Families decorate their homes for the holiday season with lights adorning the outside and small trees and bushes on your property. Neighborhoods take a look festive and happy every night. Some are so outrageous that surround their homes with thousands of lights, and even put Santa Claus, the reindeer and snowmen, lighted and of normal size, in their gardens or on their roofs. Many churches and houses lit to commemorate births put the humble birth of Jesus. Suburban neighborhoods in the northern states may become indescribably beautiful after a snowfall and millions of colored lights shining on the houses and trees.
Many Americans send Christmas cards
During this season, many people exchange Christmas cards or cards happy holidays. The cards are mailed to friends, neighbors, relatives and business associates during the month of December. If you receive a card is not necessary to send one back because some people just do not send cards. If you want to send a Christmas card and not sure of the religion of those who receive it, always choose a card with no religious theme to avoid offense.
Usually Christmas is a family celebration
Typical activities in the month of December are shopping for Christmas gifts or Hanukkah and Christmas partying. The parties usually find enough food, drink and joy. Christmas Eve and Christmas are reserved for religious observance and family celebrations. The members of the family, near and far gather at Christmas for the annual celebration party. When invited to a family party, it is appropriate to bring a small gift for the family. If there are children, sweets and a small gift is greatly appreciated.
New Year's Eve night
During the week after Christmas, the shops are filled with customers who are changing their gifts and take advantage of clearance sales. On New Year's Eve, parties abound in restaurants, bars and clubs throughout the United States. They are usually full of noise events with drinks, dancing and outrageous celebrations. Some cities have large outdoor parties, ending with fireworks at midnight. The most famous festival is the Times Square in New York City. The first day of the year marks the end of the holiday season and people stay at home recovering and watching football on television. Some families have a New Year's dinner for friends and neighbors.
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