Things that influence the traditions around Christmas more than everything else is location, culture and the weather. With the massive Scandinavian population in Minnesota, Christmas is celebrated via Nordic food and lutefisk. Wreaths in New Mexico is made of dried chillies instead of dried fruits or leaves.
Every State in America Puts Its Own Spin on Christmas Traditions
It really does not matter where you’re planning to spend your Christmas holidays, every state in the US has a special holiday celebration, which will ensure your trip to America remains memorable for many years to come, if your plan to visit Reno, you’ll get to attend the Santa Claus race, Nevada offers a holiday spirit like no other and in Rochester you get to see a massive Christmas tree made formed of beer kegs, which highlights any trip to New York during the festive season.
The highlight of the holiday season is the Alaskans parade, in which a wooden star is moved from each house to the next, the wooden star is a representation of the Star of Bethlehem.
The tradition of selaviq of the Russian Orthodox is also referred to as starring, and only days before Russian Christmas, which falls on the 7th of January, a wooden star is carried by parishioners partaking in the parade. As the star moves from one house to another the crowd increases and more and more residents join the parade.
This is where you will find the largest Christmas tree in the world made of tumbleweed. It is also the most popular attraction during the festive season and thousands of tourists visit Arizona to enjoy the view offered by the giant tumbleweed Christmas tree. The assembling of the tree made only of dry Tannenbaum starts already in September and once completed it remains lit for the entire Christmas season, in Chandler the tradition of lighting the tree made of tumbleweed goes back more than 60 years.
If you travelling to the USA during the festive season, one place you have to add to your touring schedule is Arkansas. Visitors get to follow the trail of Christmas lights forms one off to the other in this state. Ostentatious Christmas displays are nothing new and lights display can be seen around the globe, although none come close to Arizona. This is where each of the states connects their light displays to the giant trail that runs through the entire state. Mapped to make it easy to follow, visitors can easily follow the trail of holiday lights and enjoy awe-inspiring displays as they drive from one to the other.
Cemetery in Washington DC
With all the bright light displays and wonderful Christmas celebrations in the USA, there are no shortages of magnificent traditions, yet one stands out above all and that is the laying of wreaths on every single grave in the Arlington National Cemetery. In honouring the fallen a non-profit organization places a holiday wreath on graves in Washington as well as on graves in more than 1,200 other locations in America.