In the final days leading to December 25, small evergreen trees are seen to be established in every home and beautifully decorated with colored lights, tinsel, angels, stars and bright ornaments. The exterior of almost every house and the adjoining shrubbery is adorned with strands of electric lights. Strings of electric lights are used not only to adorn mantles and doorways, rafters, roof lines, and porch railings of individual homes but also of public/commercial buildings, departmental stores and even business hubs. Christmas trees are also seen to be set up in most of these places. It is often a pastime for the American to drive or walk around neighborhoods in the Christmas evenings to see the lights displayed around. Some also place life-sized, illuminated Santa, reindeers and snowmen on their lawns and roofs. Many churches and private homes display illuminated Nativity Scenes commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ.
Customs such as Murmuring take place in some communities. On New Years Day in Philadelphia there is a Mummers Day parade which lasts over six hours! Clubs called "New Years Associations" perform in amazing costumes which take months to make.