Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanza at this time of year, there are a few common themes found throughout these holidays: gift-giving, preparing special foods/meals, and spending time with family and friends.
According to the Pew Research Center, here's a snapshot of Christmas and the holidays in America:
- Nine out of 10 Americans celebrate Christmas, 96% of whom are Christian.
- Eighty-one percent of non-Christians also report celebrating Christmas.
- Despite the ongoing debate of seeing "Merry Christmas" versus "Happy Holidays" in store displays, 46% of people claim to have no preference.
- Thirty-two percent of people recognize Christmas as a cultural rather than religious holiday.
- Sixty-one percent will visit a church sometime during the Christmas season.
- Seventy-eight percent of Americans claim that giving gifts makes them feel joyful and generous despite the financial strain it may cause later on.
- The average family will spend at least $700 and upwards on holidays gifts each year (according to ABC News).
- Over 1.76 billion candy canes are manufactured annually in our country (CandyCaneFacts.com).
- A traditional turkey with all the fixings is the most popular meal eaten for Christmas dinner.
- According to World Vision, three in five Americans will donate to a charitable cause during the holiday season.
We wish you a very Merry Christmas and the happiest of holidays from Texas Orthopedics!
(Adapted from Pew Research Center)