AMERICAN CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS {printables and interactive exercises}



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America is a multicultural country, a place where different traditions clash. Various nations celebrate Christmas a bit differently depending on the cultural heritage of the family members. As a result, a typical celebration of Christmas Day in the USA has been deeply influenced by all these cultures and has evolved over the years. Still, certain customs and elements of this holiday are very characteristic.



Decorations:
The Christmas Tree plays an important role in the tradition. It’s decorated with different ornaments, in many cases, handed down from generation to generation. However, a popcorn chain can sometimes be found on the Christmas Tree! A star on the top is very popular. But lights (loads of lights) are a must. The more the better. The tree is often placed near the window so that passers-by can see it. As it can be seen in many films, Americans love to decorate their homes. And it’s not only the lights on the house itself, but also a lot of different lighted displays in the yards (including Santas, snowmen, reindeer or manger scenes). Some families also have a crèche in front of their house.
Food:
Americans attach great importance to food. A lot of people drop by during the holiday and it’s desirable to offer some food or drink to the guests. And even though families may prepare different dishes for Christmas dinner, there are some customary ones:
• ham, 
• roast beef, 
• green beans, 
• casserole, 
• almandine – a dish served garnished with sliced, slivered or sometimes whole toasted almonds (usually fish, green beans and asparagus are prepared in such a style) 
• waldorf salad – usually made of apples, grapes, celery and walnuts with mayonnaise dressing 
• mashed potatoes, 
• crescent dinner rolls, 
• pumpkin or apple pies, 
• marzipan, 
• fruit cake, 
• pecan pie – made of pecans, sugar, corn syrup, butter and eggs, 
• coconut cake, 
• egg nog – usually an alcoholic drink consisting of eggs beaten with sugar, milk or cream, 
• cornbread dressing, 
• candied yams, 
• giblet gravy – a flavorful turkey gravy, usually served for Thanksgiving dinner (but it is also served at Christmas).



Presents: All over the world, people give presents to each other at Christmas. Most children believe in Santa Claus, Sl. Nicholas or Father Christmas to bring their presents. The gifts may be left in different places and the time of opening them may also differ. Generally, in the USA presents are left in stockings that are hung over a mantelpiece. 
Children open their presents on Christmas Day, so to say 25th December. 
{And, there is also a tradition of leaving milk and cookies for Santa near the fireplace.}   

Christmas Pickle Tradition: 
Another tradition in the USA, which in fact, may seem a bit odd. A pickle-shaped Christmas ornament is hung (or hidden more like) on a Christmas tree on Chrismas Eve. According to tradition, the first child to find the pickle on Christmas morning gets an extra present. However, the first adult who finds the hidden pickle gets good luck for the whole following year. The origins of this custom are unclear.


NOW, PRACTISE YOUR CHRISTMAS VOCABULARY {printables}: 
1. EASYCHRISTMAS UNSCRAMBLE pdf.
2. MEDIUM CHRISTMAS WORDSEARCH pdf.
3. very interesting but might be difficult (perfect for junior-high or high school students) :DCHRISTMAS VOCABULARY EXERCISES
{Christmas Vocabulary Exercises KEY}

If you prefer ONLINE EXERCISE here a few links:
1. EASY CHRISTMAS MATCHING EXERCISE

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