Christmas Day

Christmas Day

America is such a large country that there are a variety of different customs and traditions within it.  Decorations and celebrations are strongly British oriented, and other communities have settled in America and kept their own festivals as well.

In 1924, the first national living Christmas tree was planted in Washington, D. C.  Every year since, the President of the United States ceremonially turns on the lights.

Kwanzaa, an African-American holiday was created in the United States in 1966 by Dr. Maulana Kareng.  Americans of African ancestry remember their heritage, look back on their good fortune during the past year, and express their hopes for the year to come during this seven-day celebration.  It begins on December 26th and ends on January 1st.

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