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Classic Christmas Traditions in America

Christmas is a special time of the year filled with joy, warmth, and festivities. Whether you celebrate it for religious reasons or simply enjoy the holiday spirit, there are many ways to make the most of the season.

Last year we wrote about Christmas Traditions Around the World, so it is fitting that this year, we look at how we spend Christmas here in the United States! America is a melting pot of cultures and traditions from around the world. As such, Christmas traditions vary widely.

We would love to know what your traditions are, and how you spend Christmas with your family. Here are some common American Christmas traditions:

Decorating the Christmas Tree:

Families often put up a Christmas tree in their homes and decorate it with lights, ornaments, and tinsel. Many families have a tradition of decorating the tree together.

Hanging Stockings:

Children hang stockings by the fireplace or elsewhere, hoping that Santa Claus will fill them with gifts and treats on Christmas Eve.

Santa Claus:

The figure of Santa Claus is a central part of American Christmas celebrations. Children believe that Santa Claus, a jolly man in a red suit, travels on a sleigh pulled by reindeer and delivers presents to good children on Christmas Eve.

Christmas Carols:

Singing Christmas carols is a popular tradition, with many communities organizing caroling events. Common carols include “Jingle Bells,” “Silent Night,” and “Deck the Halls.”

Holiday Lights:

Many neighborhoods and cities are adorned with festive lights and decorations. Some families have a tradition of driving around to look at the elaborate light displays.

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Meals:

Families often gather for a special meal on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. The menu may include traditional dishes such as roast turkey, ham, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and various desserts.

Christmas Movies and TV Specials:

Watching classic Christmas movies and TV specials is a common tradition. Favorites include “A Christmas Carol,” “It’s a Wonderful Life,” and animated specials like “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.”

Advent Calendars:

Many families use Advent calendars to count down the days until Christmas. Each day, a door or window is opened to reveal a small treat or surprise.

Church Services:

Attending Christmas Eve or Christmas Day church services is a tradition for many Americans. The services often include special hymns, candlelight, and nativity scenes.

Holiday Parades and Events:

Some communities host parades, festivals, or holiday events featuring Santa Claus, holiday floats, and seasonal entertainment.

Keep in mind that traditions can vary between regions and individual families, and some may incorporate elements from different cultural backgrounds.

From the team at New Windows for America, we send you our heartfelt thanks and gratitude for your continued support over the past year. We wish you a wonderful and safe holiday season and a new year full of peace and happiness.