In the United States Christmas begins on the fourth Thursday in November, just after the Thanksgiving holiday. On Thanksgiving Day, a parade is taken out in New York City that has the figure of Santa Claus participating in it.
In the final days leading to December 25th the exterior of almost every house is adorned with strands of electric lights. Christmas trees are also set up in most places. Many churches and private homes display illuminated Nativity Scenes commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ.
Christmas Eve is a day of great joy. Some people attend a Midnight Mass service at church and participate in singing carols. The midnight mass starts at midnight, the point of transition from Christmas Eve to Christmas Day. The Christmas dinner in the U.S. includes turkey or ham, potatoes and pie. At Christmas Eve gatherings adults drink eggnog, a drink made of cream, milk, sugar, beaten eggs and brandy or rum. After dinner, children go to bed early but not before hanging up their stockings on the fireplace to be filled with gifts and goodies by Santa Claus. On the following morning, children wake up to look for their presents under their Christmas tree.
Christmas includes Christmas Tree, Yule log, Christmas card, Santa Claus with his reindeers and Mistletoe. Americans celebrate Christmas with the exchange of gifts, greetings and with family visits. Carols and songs are famous everywhere.