Holiday Traditions are A-Changing
In a Pew Research Center poll of 2,001 adults across the country, nine out of ten said they celebrate Christmas, almost half as a religious holiday, and about a third as a cultural occasion. Almost all, 86 percent, say they plan to celebrate with friends and family. They also plan to buy gifts. After all, it is the season of giving.
Fifty-eight percent of people polled say they plan to DIY gifts this Christmas, and people who made the most money were the most likely to give homemade gifts, more than six out of ten of the people in families which made at least 100-thousand dollars a year.
Take a look at things people say they did as kids that they’re less likely to do today: the number of people who plan to put up a tree has dropped by 13 points from when they were young, there are fewer Christmas card senders, fewer people planning to go to religious services tonight or tomorrow, and if they’re decking the halls, they’re less likely to sing about it. Just 16 percent say they plan to carol this year.
When asked, “what do you like least about Christmas and the holidays?” 33 percent said it was too commercial, 22 percent said it was too expensive, ten percent hated the shopping crowds.