Christmas Past and Present: Revealing Research

How do modern Americans celebrate Christmas?

The Pew Research Center’s Religion and Public Life Project just released revealing answers, christmas2013-1 especially noting the shift from how Christmas was practiced as children versus later on as adults.

The report begins,

Nine-in-ten Americans say they celebrate Christmas, and three-quarters say they believe in the virgin birth of Jesus. But only about half see Christmas mostly as a religious holiday, while one-third view it as more of a cultural holiday.

Among the questions and topics considered:

  • Is Christmas more a religious or cultural holiday?
  • What are your views regarding the virgin birth of Christ?
  • Will you attend a religious service?
  • Christmas gift giving
  • Various holiday activities
  • Family gatherings
  • What do you most look forward to about Christmas?
  • What do you dislike most about Christmas?
  • Santa Claus

Read the Pew’s findings here, replete with relevant charts and interesting statistics.