Trends show homemade gifts are in, caroling is out

Wednesday, December 25, 2013 - 3:00pm

We know all about the twelve days of Christmas -- with all those lords a leaping and ladies dancing and five gold rings. But some other Christmas numbers change every year -- and a new survey breaks down the holidays in some revealing statistics and we have a look at Christmas 2013 -- by the numbers.

There's a lot of emphasis on tradition this time of year -- with families celebrating Christmas the way they say they've done it for years. A new survey, though, shows where tradition is strong, and where it's changing -- and what we like the most and least about the day to come.

The pew research center analyzed a poll of 2,001 adults across the country. Nine of ten said they celebrate Christmas -- about half as a religious holiday, and about a third as more of a cultural occasion. Almost all of them -- 86 percent -- say they plan to attend a gathering with family or friends today to celebrate -- and 86 percent also say they'll buy gifts this year.

But 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 today -- 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.

Caroling doesn't cost a thing -- but a lot of other gifts do and the results show up in the poll. 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.

It's interesting to see what some people are doing about it, however. 58 percent of people polled say they plan on giving homemade gifts this year -- that's only dropped 8 points from what they said they did as a child.

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.


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