As I hail from the UK I’ve always imagined that Christmas is more of a big deal in the UK than the US. I think part of the reasoning for this is the fact that you guys have Thanksgiving, whereas we don’t. Of course, Thanksgiving is close to Christmas, and I always had the impression that this is the most important celebratory day.
I have absolutely no evidence for this, but it’s an impression I’ve held since a child, and one that may be entirely incorrect.
So, I thought I’d check out some stats on Christmas in the US.
You’ll buy 40.3 million Christmas trees with a retail value of $1.74 Billion
Estimated spend per person $770
Planned spend per child in Christmas gifts $271
Total expected sales $586.1 billion
According to Gallup 2010
Ninety-five percent of Americans celebrate Christmas, and of these, 51% describe the holiday as “strongly religious” for them, continuing an upward trend seen since 1989
The poll finds a majority of Americans incorporating specific religious activities or symbols into their holiday celebrations. This includes 62% who attend religious services on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, 65% who display decorations with a religious meaning, and 78% who take time to reflect on the birth of Christ.
Religious traditions are, not surprisingly, more common among those who say the holiday is strongly religious to them. Nearly all members of this group, 98%, say they take time at Christmas to reflect on the birth of Christ. More than 8 in 10 attend religious services on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, or display religious decorations. But even among those who say Christmas is a strongly religious holiday to them, many of the secular traditions are just as common if not more so than the religious ones.
So, Christmas is a pretty big deal for you guys