In a nation as diverse as the U.S., Christmas gives people of every faith a little something to celebrate as 2018 winds to a close.
Christmas in the U.S.
Christmas means something different when you aren’t Christian in the U.S.
Being a predominately Christian nation, an estimated 70.6% Christian, according to a recent study, celebrations of the Christmas holiday are hard to miss in America. But 70% isn’t everyone.
The U.S. in 2018 is home to people from almost every nation on earth, and people of many faiths. Including: an estimated 1.9% Jewish people, .9% Muslim people, .7% Buddhists, .7% Hindu and 1.8% other world religions and faiths.
Some are atheists, likely about 3.1%, and others agnostic, 4.0%; still others are the mysterious religious “nones” 22.8%.
The demographics paint a picture of life in the U.S. during the Christmas holiday season.
Christmas Traditions for Everyone
Christmas in the U.S. has many traditions that have nothing to do with the Christian religious holiday being celebrated in churches and cathedrals all over the world.
Christmas is a Retail Holiday
For many this Christmas, of every and no faith, the Christmas holiday represents a tremendous business opportunity.
Small businesses all over the U.S., which account for a significant number of jobs created on a yearly basis in the U.S. and are a huge part of the economy, are carrying an extra product, trying something new, experimenting with online retail, and a million other strategies designed to cash in on the US Christmas sales predicted to surpass $1 trillion for the first time this year.
Good luck to all and to all a good night!
Christmas is for Kids
Santa is a charming and instructive character for kids, and woe betide the day they learn he isn’t real. (Hope they aren’t reading this now!) Yes, even in this modern information age where any answer exists at the touch of a button, sometimes it seems, before you even touch the button, Santa is still alive and well and giving out presents.
Christmas is a Time to Help Others
People are more willing to help during the Christmas holiday season. Giving goes up, organizations open their doors and people get involved. Charities get last-minute boost from donors. Charitable giving increases as holiday season ramps up.
Christmas Traditions for Non-Christians
More People Are Celebrating Christmas Without Religion these days. Roughly 81%, even 9 out of 10, non-Christians celebrate Christmas in the U.S., largely as a cultural event.
Jewish people in the U.S. have a surprising tradition of eating Chinese food on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. In the US, Jews have been eating American Chinese food on Christmas for over 100 years. Someone even wrote a song about it.
Christmas is a time for sports fans, a time to get together and celebrate with friends. To relax and enjoy the Winter season with feasting, and twinkling lights; trees bedecked and dazzling, festive parties and fancy excuses for everyone to wear their best.
A chance to help those less fortunate, including those in Indonesia suffering in the aftermath of a tsunami caused by collapse of volcano, where the death toll is rising and torrential rain is making rescue efforts more difficult as the search goes on for survivors.
To help, start here.
Christmas is a Friendly Season
A little extra cheer, a little more friendliness. More goodwill towards everyone.
And that’s something everyone can celebrate together.
(contributing writer, Brooke Bell)