Christmas

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.
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.
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.
Cartoon image of Santa riding in sleigh with reindeer in front of moon (Shutterstock)

Where’s Santa right now? The answer is just a click or...

Kids interested in knowing where Santa is on Christmas Eve can call NORAD or visit websites to get the latest Santa tracking info.
Time-lapse photo of sun traversing the sky (© AP Images)

Across America, winter celebrations

Americans love a party, and winter offers several holidays for family and friends to meet and celebrate religious and cultural events.

Delivering gifts where Santa can’t

Every December since 1952, the U.S. military has airdropped gifts of clothing, rice, fishing equipment, toys and other goods to remote parts of the Pacific.

Where is Santa Claus right now? Track him with NORAD

A wrong number launched NORAD's 60-year tradition of tracking Santa and his reindeer on Christmas Eve. Today you can track Santa on the telephone or online.

Everyday conversations: Christmas traditions [audio]

Practice American English by reading and listening to these real-world everyday conversations. Here, students discuss the Christmas holiday and traditions.

Everyday conversations: Holiday season in the U.S. [audio]

Practice American English by reading and listening to these real-world everyday conversations. Here, students discuss their plans for the holiday season.