How do you celebrate the Christmas season? A recent CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll found most Americans fit into four basic groups:
GUNG-HO (27 percent): These are the people who go all-out for the holidays. Past surveys indicate that nearly all of the people in this group have a Christmas tree and put up Christmas lights or other decorations on the outside of their homes. They consider Christmas the best time of the year and most of them attend church weekly. If you have kids under 18 in your household, you're probably in this group.
HO-HO-HO (32 percent): This group definitely has the Christmas spirit, but may not go all-out during the holidays. Polls in previous years show that the people in this group are the most likely to indulge in cookies and other holiday goodies. They're not weekly church attenders but they're fairly religious. Half are married but only one in three have young children.
HO-HUM (25 percent): These people like Christmas but aren't wild about it. Most of them don't decorate the house for Christmas, according to past surveys, and they are the most likely to limit what they eat during the holidays rather than indulging and worrying about it later. They like Christmas but don't love it. Most of them are not married and only a quarter attend church weekly.
BAH, HUMBUG (12 percent): This group says that the holiday season is a bad time for them. They don't spend much time and effort on the holidays and if they have a tree, the odds are high that it is an artificial one. Four in ten don't send Christmas cards. They tend to be lower-income and six in ten are single, widowed or divorced. Only one in five attend church weekly.
Another 4 percent of adult Americans don't celebrate Christmas at all.
The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll is based on interviews with 1,096 adult Americans conducted by telephone on December 1-2, 2008. It has a sampling error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.