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  • They form a procession and visit their friends' and neighbors' homes where they admire each family's Nativity crib.

Today, most Americans blend religious and secular customs with their own family traditions, often incorporating food, decorations and rituals from places they or their ancestors once called home. In the Southwest, luminarias — lanterns made from brown paper bags weighted down with sand and illuminated by a lit candle — are displayed on Christmas Eve.

  • Originally these were for nativity scenes but today there is a major competition in which the vegetables are carved in all kinds of figures;
  • The time they spent sharing stories and making memories was the most important aspect of putting on these shows.

Swedish Americans hold St. Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson Even though Christmas is for many Americans a religious occasion, the federal courts have upheld its status as a legal holiday.

In 1659, the Massachusetts colonists briefly criminalized observance of the day, and Christmas remained a regular workday in much of New England and Pennsylvania. Other parts of British North America, however, celebrated with gusto, with costumed revelers going door to door and receiving small gifts of food and drink. The modern, commercialized Christmas began to emerge in the 19th century with the new custom of purchasing gifts for young children.

Other Christmas traditions similarly began during the 19th century.

Christmas Traditions Worldwide

Christmas trees became popular in Britain and the United States in the 19th century. Today, many Americans purchase a fresh evergreen tree or a reusable aluminum and plastic model and decorate it with lights and ornaments. In some families, Christmas gifts appear under the tree on the morning of December 25, deposited there by family members — or, as small children believe, delivered by Santa Claus after he lands his reindeer and sleigh on the roof and comes down the chimney.

Mass-produced Christmas cards began to appear in the last quarter of the 19th century. Today, these might depict religious scenes or convey secular, often humorous, messages.

But this extended Christmas season is about far more than shopping. For many Americans, it is a period of general goodwill and an occasion for charitable and volunteer work.

Americans Celebrate Christmas with Many Traditions

Many radio stations adjust their formats to feature Christmas music. Some congregations create manger scenes — dioramas of the stable where Jesus is believed to have been born, with figurines representing the infant Jesus and those present at his birth. Many churches hold Christmas Eve candlelight or midnight services.

Some include a Mass of the Nativity or a dramatization of the birth of Jesus. As with so many aspects of U.

  • The other variation has the procession go to three houses singing, two of which "reject" the party until the third house accepts;
  • The shepherds finally make it to Jesus and the congregation joins them in a hymn to praise the birth of Jesus!