89% Celebrate Christmas

Eighty-nine percent (89%) of Americans celebrate Christmas in their household.

A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that 33% of those celebrating do so primarily as a religious holiday. Another 29% celebrate in a more secular manner while 38% work both religious and secular elements into their celebration.

Christmas is celebrated by 95% of Hispanics, 90% of whites, and 82% of African-Americans (see crosstab results).

Data released yesterday showed that 43% of Americans  pray on a daily basis. In terms of their daily life, 43% also consider their spiritual faith or religion Very Important.

Gift giving has long been part of the Christmas tradition and most Americans are opening Christmas presents today. Among those celebrating the holiday, 60% primarily open presents on Christmas morning while 29% do so on Christmas Eve. Seven percent (7%) do so at some other time and 4% do not exchange gifts at all.

Among those who celebrate, 89% put up decorations, 85% have a Christmas tree, 85% enjoy a special meal and 61% sing Christmas carols. Thirty-nine percent (39%) have ham as their main course, 26% enjoy turkey, and another 26% have some other meal.

Ten percent (10%) of celebrants attend church on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Another 23% attend only a Christmas Eve service while 12% attend only on Christmas Day. Most celebrants (55%) do not attend church at either time.

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The national survey of 1,091 Adults was conducted December 20-21, 2018 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology and the demographic profile of our sample). It has a 3.o percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.

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