ENGLISH CULTURE 3º E.S.O. D
Alba Belinchón, Alejandro García, Carlos Gil and Nadia Rodríguez
Christmas is a religious holiday and a worldwide cultural and commercial phenomenon. For the last two thousand years, people around the world have been celebrating it with different traditions and religious practices. Christians celebrate Christmas Day because for them it is the anniversary of the birth of Jesus.
People usually exchange gifts, decorate Christmas trees, share meals with their relatives and friends and, of course, wait for Santa Claus to arrive. December 25 th, Christmas Day, has been a national holiday in the United States since 1870.
The USA has many different traditions that people celebrate on Christmas, because of its multi-cultural nature. Many traditions are similar to the ones in other countries, for instance: UK, France, Poland and Mexico.
People in America like to decorate the outside part of their houses with lights and even Santa Claus statues, Snowmen and Reindeers.
Towns and cities often decorate the streets with colorful lights. The most famous Christmas street lights in the USA are at the Rockefeller Center in New York, where there is a huge Christmas tree with a public ice skating place in front of it.
When this tree´s lights are switched on by first time Christmas shopping period has officially started.