The most American Christmas I spent was in Morgantown, with my host family. I remember it was so much fun! Actually in 1992 I remember having many Christmas, we had a Christmas in Morgantown, then traveled to Sycamore, NY (first time at temperatures around 12-20F) for Christmas with my host mum's family and then down south to Mississippi to celebrate it with my host dad's family. All of it by car and I can remember being on the road a lot. I got to see a lot of the country that way, and everywhere we went we were received with so much love and care. A typical American Christmas resumes to:
Christmas Cookies - My host dad baked A LOT!!!! We don't have the tradition in Brazil of baking Christmas cookies. I remember on the build up to Christmas trays and trays of cookies being baked. We then took the cookies on our travels.
Food!!! - Pumpkin pie, cranberry sauce, turkey, stuffing, vegetables, potatoes. All served as a late lunch.
Family - Enjoying each other's companies through the winter holidays. Seeing families all over the place, that's what Christmas is all about isn't it?
Presents - Of course there was that as well. On Christmas day, we all came down the stairs and opened presents. I like receiving, but most of all I like giving, just watching people's faces when they open their presents... it feels great!