In France, Christmas is celebrated every year as the other countries, but in English states the tradition is more established .
British prepare this event long time before. They decorate all their house in red and green. They do not really have Christmas Eve. On the 25th December they make a big meal with culin turkey, they distribute children's gift in the stockings, until the 5 O'clock tea. During this day they listen to Carols all the time.
Scottish do not leave their house, or not often, because of a legend wich says that elves are making the most to enter their house.
In Ireland Christmas' period goes on the 26th December until the 6th January. For Irish it is a very religious celebration.
Americans have kept a lot of customs of their immigrants - fir tree's crown, the crib, the carols, stocking, etc. Even if all this traditions endure in all the country, each States can add their own tradition.
In the Canada we mix France and Britain coutumns, as the crib or the mass.
In the American school, the Christmas period is more animated than in France because of many shows and chorals which are organized by the whole professors team. The show must assemble a lot of students.
However the recent financial crisis has change the consumer's behaviour about Christmas: parents try to change children's habits, they choose less expensive gifts and they offer less.
Certain schools send a call to have food for the poor.
An increasing number of associations have been created for that and they make the most of Christmas' soul and the people's compassion. For example there's in France a very famous association called "Les Restos du Coeur" who received more and more families every year as the American' christian' associations.
Christmas represents a period when solidarity is very visible and when the education is first.
CVB and Lisa Soulignac