Christmas

Composite photo that includes Santa with bag over his shoulder, radar screen, military aircraft, a planet and Christmas decorations (State Dept./S. Gemeny Wilkinson)

Stories from Americans: Santa’s accidental helper [audio]

StoryCorps is a project that collects interviews with Americans as they share their experiences. In this story, learn why NORAD tracks Santa each year.
A billboard with 'Take Out To Help Out' in neon lights (© Mark Lennihan/AP Images)

Celebrating a season of kindness [photo gallery]

The holidays are somewhat different this year, due to constraints imposed by the pandemic. But Americans are still honoring the spirit of the season.
Decorated mantel topped with small replicas of buildings (White House/Andrea Hanks)

White House Christmas decorations include a quiet tribute

The first lady's holiday decorations are mostly traditional this year, but with one important exception that still fits into the overall theme.
People wearing red costumes and dancing (© Mary Altaffer/AP Images)

Winter holidays in the U.S. [photo gallery]

Dancing and singing, Americans celebrate winter holidays with joyful tunes. This photo gallery shows moments of jubilation across the United States.
Miniature crèche scene with animals (D.A. Peterson/State Dept.)

Holiday treasures at Washington’s National Cathedral

Discover a seasonal treat at Washington's National Cathedral, which offers an annual exhibition of nativity scenes from around the world.
Christmas trees and an illuminated ceiling in the grand foyer of the White House (© Carolyn Kaster/AP Images)

Holiday magic illuminates the White House

First lady Melania Trump has transformed the White House into a winter wonderland with holiday decorations that celebrate the spirit of the season.
Doorway with trees and flags leading to a Christmas tree ((© Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

Decking the White House halls

The White House's holiday decorations conjure up a winter fantasy each year. See how the magic happens with trees, ornaments and more.
Group of costumed people standing in snow around fire (© Erika Larsen/National Geographic Creative)

German influence helped shape America

German immigrants to the United States have shaped American culture and economy in a variety of ways, perhaps most visibly at this time of year.
2017 National Christmas Tree lighting in front of the White House (© AP Images)

Merry Christmas from the White House [video]

Every year there is a ceremony in Washington to light the National Christmas Tree. Watch President Trump's Christmas message.