Presentation on theme: "Christmas in the United States Come along and uncover American Christmas celebrations, and the precious traditions of this culture."— Presentation transcript:
Christmas in the United States Come along and uncover American Christmas celebrations, and the precious traditions of this culture.
American Christmas Traditions December 1st is the beginning of Advent for Christian families. This is a time of spiritual preparation for the birth of Christ. There is also a flurry of activity baking, cleaning, and decorating for the holidays. The spiritualholidays aspects of Advent includes lighting candles and saying special prayers. Americans visit family and friends and share gifts and greetings on Christmas. Since it snows in many states on Christmas, dinner is usually set indoors.
In some regions, Christmas Eve to Midnight Mass is the most important part of the festival season.
American Christmas Decorations Holiday home décor in America generally include holly and mistletoe along with Christmas trees decorated with tinsel, popcorn strings, candy canes and electric lights. Mistletoe Holly
American Christmas Decorations They also decorate with wreaths, candy canes, and by hanging stockings on the mantel.
More American Traditions Giving to others is an important part of Christmas. It is the time parents can teach children the joy of giving. Communities across America collect food and gifts for the needy. There are GIVING TREES in malls and churches where people can take a card with a wish and bring back the gift for a poor or homeless child or adult.
Reading is another common thread in American Christmas celebrations. There are households who read Twas' the NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS every Christmas Eve even after the youngest child is an adult. Others share the Bible story while sitting in front of the tree.
Christmas morning is for the children. There are stockings hung on stair railings, or mantels. There are brightly wrapped gifts under the tree. The dinner table is laden with turkey or ham and a wide selection of side dishes.
Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!