Christmas in the USA

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Christmas in America: Symbols, Traditions, Santa. Originally for 5th form students

Christmas in America: Symbols, Traditions, Santa. Originally for 5th form students

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  • 1. Christmas in the USA        Symbols Traditions Food & Drinks Decorating – lights & tree Christmas Shows Religious Santa
  • 2. Symbols & Decorations Bells Stocking Lights Ornament Presents Snowman
  • 3. Natural Symbols & Decorations Snowflake Mistletoe Tree Wreath Poinsettia Holly
  • 4. Religious Symbols & Decorations Nativity Scene Angel Jesus in a Manger Star 3 Wise Men Candle
  • 5. American Traditions: Food & Drink Popular December foods are cookies, gingerbread men, peppermint candy canes, and eggnog.   Everyone gets together with their family on the 24th and 25th and eat big meals together which include turkey or ham.
  • 6. Christmas Day Meal
  • 7. Christmas Day Meal
  • 8. Christmas Cookies 
  • 9. American Traditions
  • 10. Gingerbread Men
  • 11. Gingerbread House
  • 12. Candy Canes
  • 13. American Traditions
  • 14. Decorating for Christmas    Most people decorate their houses with lights and other Christmas symbols. Cities also decorate along main streets and squares. It is popular to drive around town to look at everyone's lights.
  • 15. Christmas Decorations
  • 16. Christmas Decorations
  • 17. Christmas Decorations
  • 18. Christmas Tree    Everyone has a Christmas tree in their house in December. There are many tree farms in America and many people go there to cut down real trees. Families decorate the tree together.
  • 19. Christmas Decorations
  • 20. Christmas Decorations
  • 21. Christmas Decorations
  • 22. Christmas Decorations
  • 23. Christmas Shows: The Nutcracker Ballet
  • 24. Christmas Shows: The Christmas Carol Play
  • 25. Christmas Shows: The Rockette Dancers
  • 26. Christmas Carols   People who sing Christmas songs are called “carolers”. Carolers often sing around city centers, stores, restaurants, and houses.
  • 27. Carolers
  • 28. Carolers
  • 29. Carolers
  • 30. Religious Traditions   Most families go to church on Christmas Eve night. Churches usually have a candlelight service.
  • 31. Religious Traditions
  • 32. Religious Traditions
  • 33. Story of Santa Claus (“St. Nick”) Santa is a man who lives in the North Pole with his wife, “Mrs. Claus”, and elves who help him make toys for children. He has no children of his own.  He makes toys all year and every Christmas Eve he gives them to good children everywhere. 
  • 34. Elves
  • 35. Reindeer
  • 36. Traditions with Santa   American children write lists of presents they would like from Santa. It is also popular to visit Santa to tell him what you like and to take a photo with him.
  • 37. Traditions with Santa   Santa comes down the chimney and children leave him cookies and milk to say “thank you”. Every family puts stockings above the fireplace for Santa to put the gifts in.
  • 38. Talking with Santa 
  • 39. Talking with Santa 
  • 40. Talking with Santa 
  • 41. Santa's Job 
  • 42. Symbols & Decorations
  • 43. Natural Symbols & Decorations
  • 44. Religious Symbols & Decorations