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Christmas in America celebrates cherished beliefs, family traditions, and the spirit of giving for people of all ages to enjoy. The observance reflects cultural diversity encompassing everything from religious ceremonies to new traditions, such as the display of decorations, gift-giving, and festive meals. This celebration also serves as a reminder for peace and goodwill.
The celebration has evolved since being declared a federal holiday in 1870. Initially brought by European immigrants, Christmas traditions blended with American customs. During the mid-19th century, aspects such as Christmas cards and Christmas trees became more common, while Santa Claus, a figure based on the European Saint Nicholas, emerged as a key symbol. In contemporary times, Christmas often serves as a period for reflection and respite, offering American families the chance to come together amid busy schedules.
Today, Americans observe Christmas in a myriad of ways. Many attend religious services while others opt for secular gatherings. Particulars like the enjoyment of seasonal music and movies, and the visit to beautifully lit public spaces are common. Some regions have unique traditions such as the 'Feast of the Seven Fishes' in Italian-American communities or the lighting of luminarias, paper lanterns, in Southwest America. While there is no unique timing for Christmas in America, the holiday officially falls on December 25, with festivities and preparations often beginning weeks in advance.
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