Two-out-of-three (66%) Americans rate Christmas as one of the nation's most important holidays in a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey. That puts it at the top of the list for American holidays. The Fourth of July is second as 62% consider the nation's birthday one of our most important holidays.
Earlier surveys showed that 66% of Americans celebrate Christmas as a religious holiday while 20% support it as a secular holiday.
Christmas is a time for traditions. Dinner with friends and family is the most popular custom among adults who celebrate Christmas. Eighty-three percent (83%) will have a large dinner with their loved ones on Christmas.
Eighty-one percent (81%) also think decorating their Christmas tree is fun. More than half (57%) of Christmas celebrants will attend a Christmas party.
One of the most exciting aspects of Christmas is opening presents. While 26% say they'll open gifts on Christmas Eve, most (68%) will unwrap them on Christmas morning.
Those with kids at home are more likely to open gifts on Christmas morning.
For most Americans, the December holiday season is the most wonderful time of the year.
Americans remain overwhelmingly in favor of allowing religious symbols to be displayed on public land and feel strongly that public schools should celebrate at least some religious holidays.