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Top 10 US Holidays—Christmas
Christmas falls on December twenty-fifth every year in the United States, and it is the one day every year that most children look forward to. The Christmas shopping season is also the time of year when retailers finally expect to start catching up and actually make a profit, so they also look forward to the shopping season.
Christmas traditionally celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ. Many Christians put up a nativity scene around the holidays to remind them of Jesus's birth. Churches often have plays, allowing children and church members to tell the story of Jesus's birth on stage.
Through the years, the holiday has been increasingly secularized because of the traditional gift giving that occurs on this day. Children are excited to receive presents, and many people run around trying to figure out what to buy for those special people on their lists. Santa Claus also makes numerous appearances, and children often go sit on his lap to tell him what they want for Christmas.
Around Christmas, caroling is often practiced as singers go door to door singing Christmas carols and spreading holiday cheer. Most homes in the United States have a Christmas tree, which today is usually a fake tree, although some families do still purchase a real evergreen. In addition to the Christmas tree, children hang their stockings up over the fireplace so Santa can fill them up on Christmas Eve.
Most Americans celebrate the holiday feasting and opening of presents. Standard fare includes ham, turkey, or goose, as well as potatoes, bread, and other popular foods.