Every city celebrates the holidays differently. For Kansas City, the Christmas season “officially” begins when the Plaza lights are turned on Thanksgiving night. The crowds pack the Plaza for the ceremony to switch on the lights. Traffic backs up for blocks around waiting for their chance to see the lights. I do not remember a time when my family did not make at least one trip to see the lights. Now I live only blocks away and can see them every night as I drive home from work.
There are other lovely holiday displays. Nativity scenes remind us of the religious focus of Christmas, houses and neighborhood shopping areas decorated with lights, wreaths, community Christmas trees and other holiday displays remind us that the season is also shared with other religious and non-religious groups who celebrate their own religious traditions and simply celebrate the joy of the season.
Have a happy holiday, wherever you are.