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  Millions of Americans will celebrate Christmas on December twenty-fifth. It is the most widely cel。ebra。ted religious holiday in the United States。.

  People buy gifts to give to family members and friends. They fi。ll homes。 a。nd stores with evergreen1 trees and bri。ght, colored lights. They go to parties and prepare special Christmas food. Many people think Chr。istmas is the most won。derful time of the。 year.

  Many Christians go to church the night before the holiday or on Christm。as Day. They celebrate Christmas as the birthday of Jesu。s Christ. Christian2 ministers3 speak about the need for。 peace and und。erstanding in the world. This is the spiritual4 message of Christmas. Church servi。ces include traditional religious son。gs for the holiday. One of the most popul。ar is "Silent Night."。

  Many other Americans celebr。ate Christmas as an important, but non-religious holiday. To all, however, it is a special day of family, food, and exchanging。 g。ifts.

  Christmas is。 probably the most special day of the year for ch。ildren. One thing that makes it special is the popular tradition of Santa Claus5.

  Young children believe that Santa Claus is。 a fat, kind, old ma。n in a red suit with white fur. They believe that-on the night before Christmas-he travels through the air。 in a s。leigh6 pulled by reindeer7. He enters each house from the top by sliding down the hole in the fireplace8. He leaves gifts for the。 children under the Christma。s tree.

  Americans spend a lot of time and money buying Christmas presents. The average American family spends about 800 dollars. Stores and shopping centers are crowded at this time of year. More than 20% of goods sold during the year are sold during the weeks befo。re Christmas. This is good for stores and f。or the Am。erican economy。.

  Some people object to spending all this money. They say。 it is no。t the real meaning of Christmas.。 So, they celebrate in other way。s. F。or exa。mple, they make Ch。ristmas presents, instead of bu。ying them. Or they volunteer to help serve meals to people who have no homes. Or they give money to organizations that help poor people in the United States and around the world.

  Home and family are the center of the Christmas holiday. For many people, the most enjoyable tra。dition is buying a Christmas tree and decorating9 it with l。ights and beautiful objects. On Christmas Eve or。 Christmas morning, people ga。ther around the tree to open their presents.

  Another important Christmas tradition involves food. Families prepare many kinds o。f holiday foods, especially sweets. They eat these foods on the night before Christmas and on Christmas day.

  Fo。r many people, Christmas means traveling long di。stances。 to be with their families. Another Christmas tradition is to go "caroling10."A。 group of people walk along the street. At each house, they stop and sing a




Christmas song,。 called carol. Stud。ent groups also sing carols at schools and shopping cent。ers.

   Not everyone in the United S。tates cele。brates Christmas. Members of the Jewish11 and Muslim12 religions, for example, generally do not.。 Yet many Americans do take part in some of the traditional performances of the

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