According to the 1990 National Jewish Population Survey, 82% of Jewish households never have a Christmas tree (and the idea of a "Chanukkah bush" is mostly a joke, not anything anybody takes seriously).A 2013 Pew survey found that less than a third of Jews have a Christmas tree, and most of those are intermarried. Most Jews do not celebrate Christmas Most things are closed, so there is little to do on Christmas Chinese restaurants and movie theaters are often open Family get-togethers and work are other options Christmas is not a Jewish holiday.Many Christians think of Christmas as an American holiday, a secular holiday or a cultural holiday, but most Jews today do not think of Christmas that way.
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Even among those who are intermarried, only 71% had a Christmas tree, far less than the 92% of Americans who celebrate Christmas.
A 2007 survey by Interfaith found that only 37% of interfaith families that have decided to raise the children Jewish have a tree in the home.
It is this particular claim--to have experienced God's presence in human events--and its subsequent development that is the differentiating factor in Jewish thought.
As ancient Israel believed itself through its history to be standing in a unique relationship to the divine, this basic belief affected and fashioned its life-style and mode of existence in a way markedly different from groups starting with a somewhat similar insight.