„The Colorful Christmas World“ of the United States of America ist definitely worth a detour during Christmas time. In Germany, this time of the year is especially characterized by the Advent season, the first burning candle and traditional Christmas markets. So where are the differences?
Everyone, who makes a trip through Germany during the Advent and Christmas season, will surely be fascinated by variety of magical lights at the windows or in the front gardens. Most street lamps are also decorated with stars or fairylights.
Thinking of Christmas in America on the other hand, it is very likely that it would inevitably be associated with a lot of kitsch, countless numbers of Santa Clauses in front of the department stores, not to mention the houses - almost all of them are excessively decorated with the chains of lights and other Christmas decorations.
Everyone who spends his Christmas time in the USA, will definitely be surprised by so much glitter and glory. Promp and Circumstance is guaranteed! Colorful fairy lights, wildly flashing Santa Clauses, shining reindeer, extremely decorated house facades and rooftops are just the tip of the iceberg, not to mention the artifical snow to cap it all! Less is more? Not in the US! It is time for splendour in grand style!
Christmas Eve starts in the USA on 25th of December in contrast to the traditon in Germany, where it is celebrated on 24th of December. The day before it is part of the traditon to attend the Christmans mass and go for dinner together with friends or family. Only at the next morning, as a traditional Christmas Day, the gifts are exchanged under the Christmas tree and beloved relatives are visited.
While in Germany, Weihnachtsmann is responsible for the gifts, his US colleague Santa Claus is also very proficient. As you have already seen in numerous feature films, Santa Claus comes down the chimney at the night of 24th to 25th December every year and fills the suspended stockings with presents. Some children prepare a light snack for Santa, who is not a hard man to please: a glass of milk and cookies are enough to make him happy.
When it's cold outside and the lights of the Christmas tree and candles are flickering inside, there are a lot of people, who make a TV- evening, sitting comfortably on the couch and watching one of the traditional Christmas movies, such as "It's a wonderful life", "The Grinch" or "A Christmas Story".
Both in Germany and in the United States, it is part of the tradtion to send greeting cards to the family, friends and relatives. Many Americans also take a Christmas picture of the whole family and print it as a personalized Christmas greeting card.
The traditional Christmas dinner in Germany usually consists of a stuffed duck, red cabbage and dumplings. But other variations are also possible. For example a dinner, consisting of a goose, game, fish or pies, is also very popular. In the USA, the traditional Christmas roast usually consists of a turkey and all sorts of side dishes. And as a dessert, you can enjoy cookies and gingerbread.