Weirdest American Holiday Traditions

The holiday season is here and businesses across the United States are going all-out to make sure that their decorations are better than the year before. The majority of Americans get so excited about holidays that it’s easy to forget how many traditions are strangely unique to the American culture.

Actually, there are a large number of uniquely American holiday traditions that seem strange to those who didn’t grow up here. Let’s explore some of the weirdest American holiday traditions that are out there today.

Pumpkin Spice Everything

The spice mix used in pumpkin pie has been a standard since the early days of this country. Pumpkins were easy to grow, were in season in the fall, and with the addition of these spices (which vary based on the producer but often contain ground cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, and allspice) make a delicious, creamy pie. However, it was only in the 2000s that the pumpkin spice craze began to take over the country.

Pumpkin spice lattes were released by Starbucks in 2003, and since then, manufacturers have produced everything from pumpkin spice breakfast cereal to bagels, almonds, Oreos, and even Jell-O. Sure, it all tastes good, but unless you’re talking about an actual pumpkin pie, what you’re eating or drinking probably only contains artificial pumpkin flavoring.

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Black Friday Shopping

Seen by many retailers and shoppers as the official start of the Christmas shopping season, the day after Thanksgiving, also known as Black Friday, has been a heavy shopping day since the 1950s. However, it’s only in the last few years that it’s begun to be considered its own holiday, with people leaving their homes right after their Thanksgiving meal to wait outside in the cold in order to secure bargains at their local big-box retailers.

Since the late 2000s, the tradition of Black Friday shopping has started to spin out of control, with some retailers opening up as early as midnight on Friday. There aren’t many other countries in the world where people have died trying to secure bargains on TVs and other electronics.

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