VANCOUVER – A poll released by Angus Reid has found that the majority of Canadians prefer to say ‘Merry Christmas’ vs ‘Happy Holidays’ at this time of the year.
An online survey of more than 1,500 Canadian adults found 80 per cent of respondents prefer to call this time of year ‘Christmas’.
Two-in-five people say they will be attending a Christmas service this year and will be saying grace at Christmas dinner. However, three-in-five say they will be doing neither.
Ninety-four per cent of respondents say what makes Christmas so special is the opportunity to be with family and friends. Twenty-six per cent say the giving and receiving of gifts is something that makes this time of year “very special”, compared to 56 per cent who say the same about Christmas dinner.
Fifty-four per cent of people say the religious aspect and “celebrating the birth of Christ” makes Christmas special.
More than 50 per cent of people also say they will be thinking about Christmases past, including people who have passed on. Twenty-eight per cent of people say they will be dealing with sources of stress and strain, with young people more likely to be anxious than those over 55 years old.