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.

The cast of the National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony perform during the grand finale on the Ellipse in Washington, D.C., in the United States on November 28, 2018. Left to right: Santa Claus; duo Lo Cash (Chris Lucas and Preston Brust); Spensha Baker; Gabby Barrett; Anthony Kearns; Abby Anderson; duo Thompson Square (Keifer Thompson and Shawna Thompson); Joe Gransden; John Driskell Hopkins; group Dominican Sisters of Mary; Paul Cardall; and Antonio Sabato Jr. (photo: White House. Andrea Hanks, photographer)

Christmas 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 is a Retail Holiday

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

The internet is even helping make Santa even better this year, for every kid: WHY WE SHOULD LEAVE THE SMALLER GIFTS TO SANTA and WHY SANTA’S GIFTS SHOULD BE SMALL .

Christmas is a Time to Help Others

Christmas Traditions for Non-Christians

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

And that’s something everyone can celebrate together.

(contributing writer, Brooke Bell)

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