In the US, there is no special celebration on the 24th like in Spain. But the stores stay open until 12 at night for all families to buy last minute gifts. The 25th begins with the little ones opening the gifts that Santa Claus has left them. It is one of the most important days in the month of December for the little ones in the house.

In addition, this day there is a family dinner that usually includes turkey, mashed potatoes with gravy and savory pies. In this dinner, a traditional drink that cannot be missing on Christmas Eve is liquor or eggnog, made from milk, cream, sugar, beaten eggs and brandy or rum.

While it is true that Santa Claus is the main icon of Christmas in the US, we must highlight another of the fundamental elements of American Christmas: it is the stocking or socks for Santa. They are a symbol of Christmas in the US since each member of the family has a sock where they find the sweets and gifts that Santa Claus leaves them.

Where does the Stocking tradition come from? According to legends, this tradition comes from the story of a father of nobility and his three daughters. He was a rich and lucky man until his wife died. His sadness and inconsolation made him lose all his wealth in He had no way of paying for the wedding of his daughters who supported him day after day. One night Santa Claus took pity on the situation of this family. He went down the chimney and left a gold ingot in the daughters' stockings that they left drying in the fireplace. Thanks to this legend, both the smallest and the largest members of the family leave a sock in the fireplace, hoping that Santa will leave them a gift.