Friday, December 18, 2009

Christmas Celebrated by Overwhelming Majority of Americans


According to the latest Rasmussen Reports, Christmas is alive and well to the vast majority of Americans.  Most Americans don't celebrate a Holiday Season... they celebrate Christmas!

66% of Americans celebrate Christmas exclusively as a religious holiday (actually up 2% from the previous year).  Another 20% claim to celebrate Christmas, albeit it in more of a secular manner.  Only 6% of Americans report not celebrating Christmas at all.  72% of adult Americans prefer to greet and be greeted with the expression "Merry Christmas" while  22% prefer "Happy Holidays".


Of those who celebrate Christmas, 81% believe Jesus Christ is the Son of God who came to earth to die for our sins and 72% believe He was born of a virgin.  Among all Americans (whether they celebrate Christmas or not) 82% believe that Jesus Christ was a real, historical figure who walked the earth 2,000 years ago while only 3% say He did not.

52% of Americans consider the Christmas season the most joyous time of the year (a 5% increase over last year) while 36% find it more stressful than joyous.  43% view holiday shopping as a fun experience while 39% find it to be unpleasant.

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