Christmas in United State of America

Christmas at St. Augustine, Florida

Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, founded by Moravian missionaries on Christmas Eve, 1741 starts off the season with a huge Christmas Market. The holiday decorations in most buildings in the city consist of a single candle in each window. A giant lighted star can be seen atop South Mountain and is visible for twenty miles.

St. Augustine, Florida, the oldest city in the U.S., has the entire historic area draped in white lights. There is a city ordinance which prevents anyone from displaying outdoor Christmas lights that are not white. The one exception is a colorfully decorated tree in the town square that is set up under the white lights hung in ancient Live Oak trees.

Thousands flock to Hollywood, California for the annual Parade of Stars while others converge on Balboa Park in San Diego for Christmas concerts on the world's largest outdoor pipe organ.

In Salt Lake City, the great classical music of Christmas is presented by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir while a small choir in St. Joseph's Church in Washington, New Jersey sings "Silent Night" while bathed in the light of an antique stained glass window depicting the Nativity, proving that there is more than one way to "make a joyful noise unto the Lord."

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