Christmas here and there:
- In the US people put up their trees as early as Thanksgiving; in Austria they wait until the day of Christmas Eve. Children are ushered out of the house (go play! go skiing!) while their parents - or one of their parents - decorate the tree and get out the gifts.
- In the US Santa brings the gifts; in Austria it is the Christ Child.
- In the US presents are opened on December 25th; in Austria on Christmas Eve.
- In the US people eat roast turkey, prime rib, or ham; in Austria the traditional meal is goose or carp.