The 18 Essential Ingredients For A Perfect Family Christmas

12/24/2013 04:44 pm ET
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Getting together for Christmas may bring to mind turkey, trees and, of course, family. A Pew Research Center survey found that nine-in-ten Americans say they celebrate Christmas, and three-quarters say they believe in the virgin birth of Jesus. But only about half see Christmas mostly as a religious holiday, while one-third view it as more of a cultural holiday. So, for you, what truly makes for the perfect Christmas? Is it food, family, church? Or is it the way Aunt Gladys always has one tipple too many or the way your cousins always come to blows over politics?

We asked our Facebook fans to complete the following sentence: "Christmas just wouldn't be Christmas without....." The result? Confirmation that a whole lot of ingredients go into making Christmas Christmas in homes across America.

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3) "Music... Nat King Cole," said Rhonda Jo Hollaway-Epperly.

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6) "Calamari in spaghetti sauce," said Vito Scotello.

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9) "Salvation Army bell ringers," said Tammy Bishop.

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10) "My kids, now 18 and 23," said Mary Dell Harringon.

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15) "Sending and receiving cards," said Cindy Moser.

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18) "Watching 'Love Actually'," said Lauren Gallagher.

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