There is wide variation in the celebration of Christmas Day itself. Many families have traditions surrounding Santa Claus. Children wake in the morning to their stockings full and gifts under the tree left by Santa. Food is often a tradition with the stockings–an orange in the toe; candy canes; chocolate Santas, and candies.
Other families have Breakfast or Brunch traditions. Meanwhile, Christmas Dinner is oftentimes a formal meal with the menu reflecting ethnic traditions. In the US, it is common to repeat the Thanksgiving dinner menu or to vary it with British items, such as goose instead of turkey (possibly reflecting the popularity of Dicken’s Christmas Carol in shaping expectations for the celebration of the day).
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