A typical Christmas celebration inAmerica mix Irish, Austrian, Polishand Belgian traditions into somethingthat is its own.
For many Americans and Poles,Christmas is one of the most joyoustimes of the year. It’s a time for familiesand friends to gather together, and formany Christians it is one of the holiestdays of the year.
*The Christmas TreeThe Christmas tree plays an importantpart in the holiday tradition. Manyfamily trees have ornaments frommore than one generation. Oftentimes the heritage of the families arerepresented by the kind ofdecorations on the trees. Lights are amust and the more the better. Thetree is often placed so that it can beviewed by passers-by in the street.Many living or family rooms are on thestreet-side in American homes.
Some form of lighting are oftenused on the homes and in theyards during the holidays. Thereare snowmen, Santas, mangerscenes, snowflakes, reindeer, andother lighted displays in manyneighborhoods. There issometimes a creche placed thatrepresents the stable wherein theChrist child was born and hasMary, Joseph, the Child andvarious animals in attendance.
Food plays an important part inthe American Christmas. Manyfamilies serve a variety ofmenus for Christmas dinner,the standard fare seems toinclude turkey, dressing,potatoes, gravy, cranberrysauce, vegetables, a salad andsome sort of dessert.
Various churches play an important part in theAmerican Christmas. Many families feel that it isimportant to go to church on Christmas. There are alsoa variety of associated activities such as churchdinners, live Nativity scenes, choir concerts, specialchurch services, and a fostering of the spirit of givingto those less fortunate.
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