Americans' favorite holiday of the year in 2015

“All of them!” most of us would probably say when asked what our favorite holiday is, but when given a choice, Americans favor Christmas over Thanksgiving and Halloween. Christmas is a civil holiday in the United States, and most Americans celebrate it regardless of their religious affiliation.

Shopping holiday

Christmas is an immense economic stimulus as well, and Americans are quite generous when it comes to spending money on Christmas gifts for their loved ones. Sales growth typically increases significantly during this season, and it took a painful hit during the 2008 recession – lucky for the economy, it has since recovered.

And a partridge in a Christmas tree

The most prominent accessory of Christmas festivities, the Christmas tree, is still a staple for Americans, with fake trees having risen in popularity over the years. Just like the allocated budget for presents, the amount Americans spend on trees, either real or fake, has increased significantly over the years. This is probably only partly due to generosity, and is more down to increasing prices, as shown in the Christmas Price Index, which shows the current cost for one set of each of the items mentioned in the Christmas song, “The Twelve Days of Christmas”. While it does not include Christmas trees, it’s a good indicator of consumer prices and inflation.

Which holiday is your favorite of the year?

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Release date

November 2015


United States

Survey time period

September 9 -17, 2015

Number of respondents


Age group

18 years and older

Method of interview

Online survey

Supplementary notes

The source worded the question as follows: "Thinking of all the holidays that occur during the calendar year, which one would you say is your favorite?"

According to the source, "totals may not add to 100% because of rounding."

According to the source, this survey "was conducted online within the United States between September 9 and 17, 2015 among 2,368 adults (aged 18 and over). Additionally, oversamples were collected in English and Spanish among 511 Hispanic (representing Spanish-dominant, English-dominant and Bilingual profiles) respondents and in English among 179 Asian respondents."

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