Christmas begins at sundown on December 24 and may be observed through sundown on January 5, hence the renowned Twelve Days of Christmas. Representing the birth of Jesus, Christmas Day is celebrated on December 25.
Christmas gift-giving in the US and Canada is borrowed from Dutch, German, and British customs. The legendary bearer of gifts in North America is Santa Claus, a "resident" of the North Pole who evolved from the European St. Nicholas, the patron saint of children.In North American tradition, Santa climbs down the chimney at night delivering gifts to all children who have been "good" during the previous year. He's escorted by eight reindeer pulling his sled through the night skies. Santa's famous team is led by the red-nosed Rudolf.
The illuminated and decorated Christmas tree was introduced to America by German settlers. For many Americans, it's customary to encircle their lighted tree with a train track and train set. Gifts, to be opened on Christmas Day morning, are also placed under the Christmas tree.
Canadians of French extraction celebrate Christmas immediately following Midnight Mass with an elaborate dinner known as Reveillon, or "waking up." The tradition of Reveillon is a relatively recent custom, celebrated since the 1930s. In Quebec, Christmas ends on La fête du Roi, which falls on January 6.
Gifts of food are firmly rooted in rituals and celebrations surrounding Christmas. The custom of delivering food to friends, family, and the needy reaches an all-time high during the holiday season.
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