Po' Monkey's; Po Monkey Road, Merigold, Miss.; 662-843-2712
9. Outdoor Christmas light displays
Sure, other countries have Christmas lights (or fairy lights, in the UK), but no one else takes it quite as seriously as Americans.
The lighting of the approximately 80-foot tall Norwood spruce at Rockefeller Center in New York is practically a national event. But the greatest displays of holiday spirit can be seen in more rural areas. Take Magical Night of Lights in Lake Lanier, Ga., which consists of seven miles and millions of lights, or the six-mile long Oglebay Winter Festival of Lights in Wheeling, W. Va.
Magical Night of Lights, 7000 Lanier Islands Parkway, Buford, Ga.; 770-945-8787
Winter Festival of Lights, 465 Lodge Dr., Wheeling, W. Va.; Nov. 8, 2013-Jan. 5, 2014; Sunday through Thursday until 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday until 11 p.m.; 800-624-6988
Americans know how to make praising Jesus memorable. Just look at Gospel music and tent revivals.
In modern times you needn't look much further than Gospel brunches (wash away your sins from the night before with spiritual songs and mimosas) and megachurches.
Those giant boxes of worship are where thousands of Christians gather not simply to pray and praise, but in many cases to eat, shop and work out.
The United States has more than 1,300 of them, and more than 50 draw a weekly attendance between 10,000 and 45,000.
The mega-ist of American megachurches is Lakewood Church in Houston, led by senior pastor Joel Osteen. Every week his message is broadcast to 7 million viewers in more than 100 countries.
Lakewood Church; 3700 Southwest Freeway, Houston; 713-635-4151