Christmas is a holiday that many Americans celebrate by putting up a Christmas tree and decorating it with ornaments and lights. At Murray State, an affordable school for international students, we put a large Christmas tree up in the Curris Center, and recently there was a ceremony called the "Hanging of the Green," where the tree was lit.
For Christmas, often families host large meals, open many presents, and tell children the story of Santa Claus. Some families also celebrate other holidays like Chanukah instead of Christmas. After Christmas, people prepare for the New Year. On New Year's Eve--the last day of 2014--many families stay up until midnight preparing for the New Year. Some throw parties, set off fireworks, and celebrate the end of the year.
This will be a great way for our students at Murray State, an affordable school for International Students, to learn about another American Tradition!