Hello! I’m Christopher!
I want to tall you about Christmas in USA.
As many would already know, Christmas is not a native holiday to Japan. Brought to Japan from overseas, Christmas evolved into a day for spreading happiness – a day for parties, presents, and romantic dates. And although Christmas in America shares many of these aspects, it also has its own unique traditions.
In Japan, Christmas is generally seen as a day for immediate family or couples. However, in America, Christmas is usually spent with extended family and relatives. And if the family is religious, it also isn’t uncommon for them to go to church together to attend service, pray, and sing Christmas carols.
Food is another major difference. When one thinks of “Christmas food” in Japan, often Christmas cake and KFC come to mind. However, in America, the traditional Christmas meal for many consists of either ham or some sort of bird (duck, goose, turkey, etc.) plus any additional regional dishes.
The Christmas tree is another important item for Americans. Although many families now opt for a plastic tree to decorate with ornaments, it also isn’t uncommon for many families to instead put up a genuine fir tree.
And just like in Japan, cities will often decorate the streets with lights and trees to celebrate Christmas. However, it also isn’t unusual to see Americans decorate the outside of their own homes; some people even turn their own neighborhood into huge lightshow!
Lastly, the legend of Santa Claus is an important story many young American children grow up with. At midnight of Christmas day, Santa comes down through the chimney bringing presents to the children who were good throughout the year, and coal to the ones who were bad. Afterwards, he returns to the North Pole to prepare for the next year.
While there are differences in Japanese and American Christmas traditions, both countries undoubtedly share the true meaning of Christmas – peace on earth, goodwill to all, and thankfulness for what one’s family and friends.
Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year!