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  1. 1. 10. Christmas in the United States and Canada Many of the celebrations in the United States that are associated with Christmas were traditions brought by German and English immigrants. Along with the well-known and practiced tradition of a brightly decorated Christmas tree, other traditions brought by these immigrants include Advent calendars, Christmas greeting cards, gingerbread houses and gingerbread cookies. Christmas in the United States today can be seen as focused around family, travel, shopping and decorations. Family and travel go together during Christmas in the United States because family members often have to travel fairly long distances to be with each other at one location. The growth of cities that have primarily economic activity, suburbs for residences, as well as the fact of different industries being found in certain geographic locations, are among the reasons that family members often live great distances from each other in separate states. Christmas and its festivities therefore present a wonderful opportunity for many members of the family to gather in celebration and see each other in an intimate setting. The traveling involved makes the Christmas season a busy time of the year for rail and air travel. The occasion of seeing many family members at Christmas is also linked to the activity of shopping that is an important feature of Christmas in the United States. The Christmas season officially begins on the Friday after Thanksgiving, known as Black Friday and which now ranks second in shopping for a single day to the Saturday before Christmas. Much of the shopping that is done is to purchase gifts for friends and family. Gifts for family members are usually exchanged after dinner on Christmas day, when everyone gathers in the room with the Christmas tree. Gifts are usually left at the base of the Christmas tree in the weeks leading up to Christmas Day. Gifts may also exchanged before Christmas at parties held by friends and parties held at workplaces. Second to gifts, shopping is also done at Christmas for decorations. While the Christmas tree may be the centerpiece of attraction, garlands, wreaths, candles and decorative lighting placed outside on lawns or along rooflines are also used to create a beautiful holiday appearance for homes. Canadians enjoy Christmas activities that are similar to those celebrated in the United States. That is so because in the 1700s when some German immigrants in the United States migrated to Canada, they continued to practice many of the activities associated with Christmas. The geographical proximity of the two countries also means they share many things, so similarities in Christmas traditions wouldn't be an exception. One thing that accounts for the difference between the two countries however, is the Eskimo population in Canada. Eskimos in Canada celebrate a festival during winter and have other traditions that are absent from American Christmas celebrations. A practice also exists in Nova Scotia in which small groups of masked individuals march around about two weeks before Christmas. These masked groups attract attention by creating stir with much bell ringing and engaging in a noisy caper in an aim to get candy, sweets and
  2. 2. goodies from onlookers. This tradition bears some similarity to Jonkonoo celebrations in the neighboring islands of the Caribbean. Those celebrations also involve masked individuals, including some that appear on stilts that make them as tall as trees. The parade of Jonkonoo regale onlookers with various antics and present a minor scare to some children, who are then calmed with candies and other treats. In Nova Scotia, onlookers can try to calm the noise and rowdiness just a little if they can correctly guess the identity of the masked person. A correct guess puts an end to the noise as the mask is removed, exposing the individual. For their part, maskers also play nice by friendly nudging answers from children about whether they have been naughty or nice and handing out candies and treats accordingly.
  3. 3. 40. Different Types of Christmas Trees The tradition of Christmas trees in America came from German immigrants who had settled in Pennsylvania. It is believed that the tradition of Christmas trees started in Germany from as early as 700 A.D and was practiced by many Germans in the 1800s. It's also since that period that Christmas trees have also been available for sale in the United States. While artificial Christmas trees are popular, many people like to have a fresh Christmas tree in their homes, or outside on their lawns. And similar to all other trees, Christmas trees also have different shapes and qualities that make some types more popular than others. Along with other decorative Christmas items such as wreaths and garlands, having a Christmas tree in your home is very essential in creating a special atmosphere for the season. It is believed that Christmas trees have been available for sale in America since the 1800s, which is about the same time that the former Woolworth's department store started selling ready-made ornaments for Christmas trees. Choosing the right type of Christmas tree is important because Christmas trees are often a focal point for many family activities and traditions. Given the many types of Christmas trees that are available, it is important to think about how the tree will be used. While a tall tree may look very elegant, it may not be suitable if there aren't many adults around who can reach the tree's heights. And a very short tree may be dwarfed by other furniture in the room. It's therefore very important to carefully consider and get a tree that has a suitable height and also one that has sturdy branches to hold heavy ornaments. Artificial and real Christmas trees can often be bought from the same retail stores these days as local businesses and retail chain stores often sell both types of trees. The best place to get a real and fresh Christmas tree, and also to see a wide variety, is likely a Christmas tree farm however. Using modern technology, both types of trees can also be obtained through online transactions, via telephone as well as by mail-order through catalogs. Among Christmas trees there are certain types that are always favorites and which are bestsellers. These include: Douglas, Fraser, Noble and Balsam firs, and Scotch, Virginia and white pine trees. These evergreen trees all have all have one or more excellent features related to shape, color or sheen and fragrance, which makes them favorites for Christmas trees. The most favorite Christmas trees basically have a pyramid or cone shape. A pyramid-shaped tree is likely taller and has somewhat of an elegant look. Douglas Fir, which ranks first among Christmas tree favorites, is an example of a pyramid-shaped tree. Other examples are Fraser, Balsam and Noble firs. A cone shape tree tends to be short with dense branches, which makes them excellent for holding many ornaments and other decorations. Families that have a strong tradition of making their own ornaments, or putting mememtos on Christmas trees may consider a cone-shaped tree. Virginia and Scotch Pines, Norway Spruce and the Eastern White Pine all have cone shapes. Another feature that makes Christmas trees appealing is their
  4. 4. color. While all trees have a green appearance, a closer look at their needles will reveal differences such as a bright or dark-green, bluegreen or yellowish-green hue. The needles may also emit a silvery sheen with the right lighting. Fraser and Noble firs both have needles with a silvery sheen, and the branches of both trees are also used for garlands and wreaths. Most people choose a fresh Christmas tree for its fragrance, which can be fairly strong or just subtle, giving off just enough of a whiff of scent. Douglas Fir, which is the most popular Christmas tree in homes and public places, is a very fragrant tree. The Balsam fir is also fairly fragrant. The Eastern White Pine is however, a tree that doesn't have much fragrance. Whether you have a favorite type of Christmas tree or will choose one from its appearance, there are many choices to satisfy the desire to have a fragrant and well-decorated tree for Christmas.
  5. 5. 5. Have a Chic Christmas - All About Style and Fashion for the Holidays In New York, a style capital of the world, black is always a chic and fashionable selection. That's even more so in the Fall and Winter seasons when dark colors are favored. But even the fashionistas who like somber colors add a bit of sparkle and cheer to Christmas and holiday clothing with some color, usually magnificent red. Dominant colors at Christmas are red, black and white and a red scarf, or a white one, is a must-have accessory. Holiday-themed apparel with snowflakes, candy canes, stars, Christmas trees, are also popular during the season. Along with being colorful, they also convey the message that the person is fully embracing the spirit of the season and is in a festive mood. When individuals wear holiday-themed apparel, they are therefore radiating a positive attitude and giving the signal that it is pleasant to be around them. After all, nobody wants to be around the 'grumpy bah-humbug' type of personalities during the Christmas season. Holiday-themed jewelry also works well as accessories. These can add that little sparkle to an outfit that makes it stand out in an admirable way. Holiday-themed jewelry is also perfect for those individuals who simply want to show a touch of the holiday spirit without having to actually wear holidaythemed apparel because it maybe too different from the conservative style of their wardrobe. It is necessary to add some sparkle to apparel during the Christmas season and current style trends of having jewel-engraved or embroidered tops play well for the Christmas season. They will allow the wearer to look festive in a very understated but elegant way. Fall popular styles will also undoubtedly be a fashionable way to dress for the holidays. Based on the Fall Fashion Shows in New York, there are five basic outfits that stylists say should be in the wardrobe of all women. They are: the Tunic, Winter Short - which is cut just above the knee - the Vest, Pencil Skirt and the Super-wide pant. The vest can be a dressy one with embroidery or other adornments, or it can be more minimal based on the overall outfit. The Winter Short and Pencil Skirt can easily convert from working outfit to party wear with the right accessory, making them perfect to wear to an early evening Christmas or holiday party. A variation from the Pencil Skirt is the Pencil dress. This too is likely to be popular for Christmas as it can be easily accessorized with a broad belt, which is one of the accessories that top fashion advisers say is a 'must-have' accessory for the Fall. The Tunic and Super-wide pant are also liked for Christmas and the Holiday season because they are very flexible in how they can be paired with other garments. Another fall fashion staple are Knit Sweaters - oversized and as tunics. They will also work well with black tights and leggings, which has made a comeback in leg wear. Leggings can be worn under skirts or dresses. Very slim leggings can also be worn simply in place of pants, worn with a jacket or again, with an oversized knit sweater. Using the basic colors of red, white and black that are popular during Christmas and the holidays, colored leggings will definitely add a nice touch of style to outfits and make them seem perfect for the Christmas and holiday season. It is also good that dresses are once more welcomed among the fashionable. And the red dress for Fall fits well into Christmas and the holiday season. The latest in jeans, which is a mainstay in everyone's wardrobe and suitable to wear at all times including during Christmas and the holidays, is that a skinny
  6. 6. fit is in. And if ultra-skinny is not very complimentary to your body shape, you can still get one of the newer types of jeans that are said to have a lot more stretch, giving a 360-degree or all-around wrap to the body for a perfect or near perfect fit. And since Christmas is the season to be happy and cheery, the truly jolly can always top off their Christmas outfit with a cone-shaped, red and white Santa hat.
  7. 7. The web is definitely like a giant shopping mall. You will find everything you want without ever getting up from the sofa at home. There are numerous stores to discover that you might need help getting a strategy for top level deals. See the following article for some advice. Read the conditions and terms plus the online privacy policy of the online merchant you would like to patronize. This will hold the information about how the business collects, how they protect it, and other rules you need to follow when using their internet site. If you disagree with something listed, talk to the merchant first. Don't purchase from them when you don't accept. Take your time and find out the costs at many internet retailers to see how products compare their products. Pick one which includes all the right features and value. Look at your chosen shopping websites frequently so that you don't miss new product offerings. Try to avoid expedited shipping options. You might be surprised how quick your items will arrive with standard shipping rates. The money you save in waiting a number of expedited shipping may well be really worth the wait. Should you spend considerable time shopping on the web, you should think about registering for services which provide free shipping from certain places. Test a couple of these services so you're able to choose one is the ideal selection for you. Some also work as the intermediary when solving disputes. Others are merely a platform for sellers and buyers meeting and they don't offer assistance with issues. It can save you lots of money while you shop online. You should know where those deals are available. This article you may have just read has given you excellent advice on the way to spend less while online shopping. Utilize this information to your great advantage. Last Posts 1 Price Comparisons For Black Friday Diamondback Bicycles 2014 Tess Junior Girl's Mountain Bike (20-Inch Wheels), One Size, Pink Online 2013 2 Where Can I Buy Black Friday Huffy Men's Deluxe Cruiser Bike, Gloss Navy Blue, 26-Inch/Medium Ads 2013 3 Online Black Friday Garmin Edge 810 GPS Bike Computer 2013 Sales 4 Price,Comparisons Of Black Friday Kinetic Road Machine 2.0 Fluid Trainer, Green 2013 5 Cheap Black Friday Diamondback Bicycles 2014 Viper BMX Bike (20-Inch Wheels), One Size, Black Online 2013 6 Best Price Black Friday Garmin Edge 500 Cycling GPS (Neutral Color) 2013 Sales 7 Where Can You Buy Black Friday Giros Savant Road Bike Helmet (Bright Green/Silver, Large) 2013 8 The Discount Price For Black Friday Aluminum Road Bike / Commuter Shimano 21 Speed Bicycle 700c Online Deals 2013 9 Discount Black Friday BACtrack Mobile Breathalyzer Smartphone Alcohol Tester for iOS and Android 2013 10 Buying Black Friday Vilano Aluminum Road Bike 21 Speed Shimano, Black, 54cm Medium Ads 2013 11 Price,Comparisons Of Black Friday Diamondback Bicycles 2014 Octane Boy's Mountain Bike (20-Inch Wheels), One Size, Blue Ads 2013 12 Where To Buy Black Friday Schwinn Turismo Swivel Double Jogger, Blue/Gray Online 2013 13 Price Comparisons For Black Friday Diamondback Bicycles 2014 Cobra Junior Boy's Mountain Bike (20Inch Wheels), One Size, Orange 2013 Deals 14 Where Can You Buy Black Friday Baby Jogger BJ20257 City Select Stroller with Second Seat - Quartz Online Deals 2013 15 Who Sells Black Friday Huffy Women's Deluxe Cruiser Bike, Mint Green, 26-Inch/Medium 2013 16 Cheap Black Friday Schwinn Meridian Adult Tricycle, 24-Inch, Slate Blue 2013
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