Christmas with lights, America, located south of the equator, enjoys the heat of summer. Stores hold special holiday sales, and as December 24 approaches, more and more gifts are purchased, wrapped, and carefully hidden from excited children. An American Christmas is similar to one spent with family in many ways. In other ways, it contradicts the commercialised holiday that we are accustomed to in North America and Europe.
IN AMERICA, HOW TO CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS
The most important holiday in America is December 24. Parents rush from store to store during the day in search of last-minute gifts. This time of year, toy stores are the busiest because the gift-giving tradition is primarily reserved for children, and adults rarely receive gifts. When all of the gifts have been purchased and wrapped, they are hidden until Christmas Eve at midnight. Some people attend Mass before dinner, but this is not a common practise in America. People usually go to a family member’s house around 9 or 10 p.m. and have a large dinner.