Merry Christmas! The perfect American Christmas includes a decorated Christmas tree, Christmas carols, nuts and cookies as well as a delicious Christmas dinner with the family. On the Christmas holidays it is made cozy and a few real Christmas classics can be enjoyed on TV. Often, America also speaks of X-Mas. Did you know that the X is the first letter in the Greek word for Christ? In the early days of the Christian Church, Christians also used the letter X as a secret symbol to show others that they belong to the Church. If you would like to learn more about the Christmas customs and rituals in America, our experts will tell you everything you need to know.
How do you celebrate Christmas in America?
Traditionally in America, people go to church on Christmas Eve, December 24th. Afterwards, the meal together with the family invites you to a cozy get-together. Usually a turkey is served here. In contrast to a Christmas party in Germany, gifts are only available in America on the morning of December 25th, Christmas Day.
In America, however, it is not Santa Claus who comes, but Santa Claus. The Christ child, who is responsible for the gifts in some parts of Germany, is not known in the USA and Canada.
In America, Santa Claus always comes through the chimney overnight and fills the socks that were previously hung up. Some children put a glass of milk and cookies for Santa Claus in the living room the evening before.
The Christmas tree and the decoration in America
Let’s meet under the mistletoe! In America, Christmas decorations are all there is to it. Every year in America during the Advent season, everything is decorated that is only possible. From XXL fairy lights to colorful Christmas tree balls to pompous ribbon. Everything is allowed! The opulent decoration cannot be extravagant enough. In the dark Christmas season, entire cities are lit up as bright as day. In addition to the frosty snowman, it is above all the decorated houses that immediately catch the eye. Fairy lights and flashing lights wherever possible! The Americans are still going for it. Americans also love the custom of mistletoe. Because: A kiss under the mistletoe promises happiness and eternal love.
American diner: Christmas food in America
Christmas in America? Nothing works here without a stuffed turkey! In keeping with the motto “more is more”, the Americans are also generous when it comes to the selection of side dishes. Cake for dessert? Sweets always work. If the bulging turkey reminds you of American Thanksgiving, you’re right. But also at Christmas there is a magnificent specimen of a turkey in the middle of the table – surrounded by a sea of various side dishes. As a result, the American Christmas dinner only becomes a tasty feast. Punch and warm eggnog are also an absolute must. The most popular side dishes for an American Christmas are:
- More pudding
- Corn bred
- Green beans
- homemade buns
- Mashed potatoes with roasted onions and garlic
- different casseroles
- Oven baked vegetables
It’s no secret that the Americans love sweets! Of course, the delicious sugar bombs must not be missing at Christmas. The classic chocolate chip cookies in particular make a fabulous feast of love.
What you need:
- 200 g butter
- 200 g of sugar
- 1 packet of vanilla sugar
- 1 no.
- 250 g flour
- 1 tsp soda
- 250 g chocolate
- 100 g hazelnuts
Here’s how it works:
Melt the butter in a saucepan and put it in a bowl with the sugar, vanilla sugar and egg.
Mix the flour and baking soda and add to the butter, sugar and egg mixture with a pinch of salt.
Chop the chocolate and add the hazelnuts to the dough.
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees. With a tablespoon, form about 15 dough blobs on the baking paper.
Bake the cookies on the middle shelf for ten to twelve minutes.
After Halloween and Thanksgiving is before Black Friday! New York in particular is famous for its breathtaking Christmas shopping. Every year millions of Americans and tourists bustle in the city before Christmas, which never sleeps and hope for the really big bargains. Because on Black Friday you can buy many a Christmas present for little money. The so-called black Friday heralds the pre-Christmas season and makes the hearts of shopping fans beat faster.
But the Christmas market in America also invites you to feast and stroll. Similar to here in Germany, a wonderful scent of roasted almonds roams the streets and lets the anticipation for Christmas rise immeasurably.
Incidentally, the Christmas market in Chicago is one of the largest and most popular Christmas markets in the USA!