Christmas Around the Country

The Christmas tree at Rockefeller Plaza in New York City

Image courtesy of Michael T. via Flickr

90% of folks in the United States celebrate Christmas each year and it’s celebrated all across the world in more than 160 countries. Every culture and place has a different way of celebrating the holiday. In Sweden, there is a brightly lit parade of torches that ends in a huge bonfire. The first decorated Christmas trees were in German homes. The traditional poinsettia plant came from Mexico in the 1830’s and became a Christmas symbol by 1900. There are a million ways to celebrate the holiday. Here’s how you can celebrate it across the United States:

New York City

When you think of a traditional Christmas celebration, it probably involves a tree. Whether it be a fake tree or a real one is up to your family but a Christmas tableau isn’t complete without a tree. Well, NYC has a tree and it is epic. Rockefeller Center Plaza’s ice skating rink might be a touristy spot but even lifelong New Yorkers can’t resist the charm of the 100 foot tree sprinkled with over 45,000 LED lights. It’s worth seeing at least once each holiday season.

Hawaii

Bing Crosby crooned about dreaming of a ‘White Christmas’, we don’t think he was referring to the white sand beaches of Hawaii but we’ll certainly take it. There aren’t many pine trees making their homes in Hawaii but a 50 foot Norfolk pine Christmas tree finds its way to Honolulu for the City Lights event each year. If you’re spending your Christmas in Hawaii, make sure you say “Mele Kalikimaka” instead of “Merry Christmas!”

Texas

If you’re planning on spending a Christmas in Texas, you’ll find no better place than in the Christmas Capital of Texas, Grapevine. Not only is it the best place to spend Christmas in Texas but it rivals most other places in the country in terms of extravagant celebrations.

Southwestern

Christmas in the southwestern United States can sometimes be more like a Mexican Christmas than anything else. In places like Albuquerque, the tradition of luminaries gets so big that there’s an entire festival dedicated to it! The whole neighborhood lights up with paper lanterns, store bought and homemade.

Christmas around the world is celebrated in a million different ways and in the United States too, every area has their own traditions. No matter where you go, if you celebrate Christmas, you’ll find merry people rejoicing in the season.

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