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Christmas Celebrations and Decorations

Its the holiday season!

Christmas CelebrationsThe majority of Americans celebrate Christmas with the exchange of gifts and greetings and family visits. Homes are decorated with holly, mistletoe and branches of trees and most have a Christmas tree decorated with electric lights, tinsel, baubles, and candy canes.

Of Mistletoe, Holly and Christmas decorations

Today Christmas trees and decorations are usually the focal point in the American home. With all the modern advances, Christmas decorations have become an art form.

During the holiday season the magic of Christmas comes alive with the creativity of the themed Christmas trees and decorations.

The original American tradition of the outdoor Christmas lights is a cheerful delight throughout the holiday season.

Christmas village sceneThe mistletoe in the doorways as Christmas decoration and kissing tradition comes from the Norse myths. Mistletoe was believed to possess powers of healing sickness and averting misfortune. Holly, with its dark green spiky leaves and red berries, was believed to have the ability to drive demons away, was traditionally used for Christmas decorations.

These days most American families follow the tradition of putting up Christmas tree and decorations right from 2nd week of December. Since the 19th century, the poinsettia has been associated with Christmas. Other holiday plants are holly, mistletoe, red amaryllis, and Christmas cactus.

Celebrations on Christmas Eve

On Christmas Eve, there are evening church services. Attention is focused on the nativity scene, while all join in singing Christmas carols. On Christmas Day, there are other religious ceremonies at churches which families attend before they make their rounds to visit friends and relatives.

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At Christmas Eve gatherings adults drink eggnog. The Christmas table is almost like a Thanksgiving feast of turkey or ham, potatoes and pie. Christmas is incomplete without lots of desserts, and nothing symbolizes Christmas more than baked breads and cookies.

Many American traditional Christmas desserts, like other Christmas customs, were started long ago in other parts of the world. Hard candies such as peppermint candy canes and curly green and red ribbon candy are traditional gifts and goodies.

As Christmas celebrations begin to pop up all around you, you likely want to do a few things to liven up your own house. Many people simply put lights on their porch and put a Christmas tree up inside, but there are many other things that you can do to make your Christmas decorations really stand out. Here are a few ideas.

Decorate your Front door

If you want your guests to feel the Christmas spirit when they first walk up to your house, you can add accents to your door in a number of different ways. You could line the door with Holly and add Christmas lights to either side. You could also tie large ribbons on the holly to give the door an even more dramatic punch. You could hand a wreath from the door or even tape wrapping paper all over it to make it look like a present.

Mailbox Topper

If you have a square mailbox, you might want to place a bouquet of winter plants on top of it. Fill a planter with mistletoe, poinsettias, and maybe even a Christmas cactus and then place a few ornaments or ribbons among the plants. Tuck some pinecones in to fill the gaps and you will have a nice decoration to place on top of your mailbox. If your mailbox does not have a square top, you can wrap some garland around it and hang a few ornaments or even just tie a ribbon around it for some added color and flair.

Porch Christmas Decorations

You might normally decorate your porch with simple Christmas lights, but there are other things you can do as well. Grab some festive lanterns and place them on your porch with flameless candles inside. You can put the candles on timers so they glow at certain times of the day and you will not have to worry about fires. Put some holly or other greenery around the lanterns and they will look like authentic Christmas decorations. You can also wrap the rungs of your porch with ribbons, wrapping paper, and other Christmas decorations to give it even more color during the day and even at night.

Decorate with Christmas ornaments

If you have received a Christmas ornament or two every year since you were born, you likely have quite a few ornaments to hang. If you only have one small Christmas tree, you won't be able to fit them all on, however, that does not mean you cannot use them somewhere else. Hang Christmas tree ornaments from light fixtures, cabinets, doors and anywhere else you can find a spot for them. They will add color and festive feelings to your house wherever you place them. Just make sure you put the breakable ones in high, out of the way places so they do not get damaged.

Centerpieces

If you want your table to be as festive as the rest of your house, use poinsettias or other plants like a Christmas cactus to create a Christmas centerpiece that can last all season long. Incorporate some of your normal house colors in with the bright Christmas colors and you will enjoy every meal you have at your table.

Getting creative with your Christmas decorations can make this year's Christmas celebrations all that much more fun.

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