Palisade, Colorado – American Christmas

American Christmas doesn’t differ so much from European. There is not too much more kitsch than at home. What I really like is that many families decorate their gardens and houses with chains of light as it was at home in former times. In Germany this custom went down with rise of energy prices. Of course it would be better for the environment to go without illuminated Christmas decoration – still it’s beautiful.

Palm and Malcolm host Pam’s parents and us. There is a Christmas tree, of course, and other decoration and a festive dinner (fish in this case). I learned that there is no traditional US-American dinner on Christmas Eve, it is regionally different. And many families brought their customs from their home countries and serve what was their ancestor’s tradition.

There are no presents on Christmas Eve unlike it is usual in most German families. We’ll have to wait until tomorrow.

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