While every family celebrates Christmas a little differently, each with its own sets of customs and traditions, there are things that most celebrants can agree on, things that are considered essential for a Merry Christmas.
According to Statista’s 2019 Holiday Season survey, a Christmas tree is topping the list of holiday must-haves. 64 percent of Americans consider a tree an essential part of the holiday season, the question of pine or plastic notwithstanding. Christmas movies, think “Home Alone”, “Love Actually” and (to some) “Die Hard”, are another key ingredient to the holiday season with 56 percent of Americans calling them an essential tradition.
When asked about what they are looking forward to most thinking about the holiday season, Americans show that the Christmas of community and family still beats the commercial aspect of the holiday. 83 percent of the respondents look forward to spending time with friends and family, making it the top answer by far. Interestingly Americans also prefer giving presents over receiving them, showing that not all is lost for Christmas romantics.