Last week 55 people from this area responded to the question, “When you hear the word ‘Christmas,’ what are the first five words that come to your mind?”

The words mentioned most often are listed below in the order of frequency along with the number of times each was cited in parentheses.

            Family (27)

            Jesus/Christ (24)

            Gifts/Presents (16)

            Christmas Tree (13)

            Snow (11)

            Santa (10)

            Peace/Peacefulness (9)

Printed below is the complete tally preceded by the number of times the word was mentioned.  Under the frequently cited words are other words referenced which seem related to the popular ones.

27        Family

            3          Friends

            3          Warmth

            2          Togetherness

            1          Grandparents

            1          My Big Brother

            1          Presence

            1          Flossmoor

24        Jesus, Christ, Birth of Christ,

                        Christ was born today

            1          God

            3          Spiritual

16        Gifts/Presents

13        Christmas Tree

            2          Stockings

11        Snow

            2          Cold

            1          December

10        Santa

            1          Elves

            2          Chimney

9          Peace/Peacefulness

8          Decorations/Ornaments/Wreaths/Tinsel

            5          Lights

7          Christmas Music/Carols

            1          Trombone

6          Love

5          Commercialism

            1          Materialism

            1          Overpriced

            1          Marshal Fields

            2          Money

            1          Krist Kindel Markt

6          Generosity/Sharing

            1          Altruism

            2          Holiday Receiving

5          Food

            1          Oyster stew

            1          Fruitcake

            1          Cocoa

            1          Candy

3          Midnight Mass

            1          Christian

            1          Holy

            2          Church

            1          Salvation

            2          Faith

            1          Pray

            1          Humility

            3          Thanks

            2          Light

            1          A holy day of obligation

5          Joy

            3          Happiness

            1          Hope

            1          Holiday Spirit

            1          Cheer

3          Festive

            2          Celebration

            1          Parties

            1          Fun

            1          Holiday Wishes

2          Flannel

            1          Sweaters

            1          Underwear

2          Stress

            1          Busy

            1          Hectic

            1          Aggravation

            1          Scrooge

1          Myth

            1          Superstition

            1          Unnecessary

1          Darkness

            1          Loneliness

            1          Lost

            1          Sad

1          Insincere

 

I don’t celebrate Christmas JW

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Jesus Christ is born today