Is Christmas a religious holiday?

Source: Pew Research Center
Source: Pew Research Center

Do you prefer Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays? A study done by the Pew Research Center found that more Americans prefer the term Happy Holidays over Merry Christmas. Only half of the people polled that celebrate Christmas think of it as a religious holiday. The other half view Christmas as a cultural festivity.

Since Christmas is just a few days away, we hit the streets to see why people in the CSRA celebrate Christmas.

"Everyone's lives are so hectic now a days during the year so we use this opportunity to get together," said Ty Hendrix.

Aymun Rahim said her family doesn't believe in the religious beliefs that are associated with Christmas , but they do participate in Christmas activities such as gift giving and attending holiday parties.

"As Muslims, we don't exactly celebrate Christmas, but we take part in the cultural activities," Rahim told WFXG.

"I celebrate it because it's the birth of Jesus Christ. Its a Christian holiday and its celebrating his birth," said Ty Hendrix.

Christmas is widely known as a Christian holiday, but year after year, its becoming more commercialized.

"I feel like we commercialize it ourselves. We kind of gotten away from what it really means. there has been a lot of forgetfulness about what Christmas was really about and yea that shocks me and kind of disturbs me a little bit," Ty Hendrix admitted.

Whether you're celebrating for religious reasons, or for the tradition, many said this is a time to be thankful, and to share it with the ones they love the most.

"The whole family is getting together. My uncle is flying in, because of course it's the holidays for everybody. Everybody has the days off so, we're just going to spend the day together as a family," said Rahim.

The Pew Research Poll surveyed 2,000 people.

Click here to see the full results of the Pew Research Study.

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