Seventy-seven per cent of Canadians will put up a Christmas tree.

Seventy-seven per cent of Canadians will put up a Christmas tree.

December 23, 2013
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

An overwhelming 92 per cent of Canadians outside Quebec prefer calling Dec. 25 "Christmas" instead of the "Holiday Season," says an Angus Reid poll released Dec. 13.

However, in Quebec, the number drops to 59 per cent, with 41 per cent saying they prefer a less religious term. In all, 83 per cent of Canadians call Dec. 25 "Christmas."

Yet Quebecers and Canadians in other provinces have similar views on whether the Christmas holiday is too commercial.

Eighty-three per cent of Canadians think it is; with Quebecers and French speakers at 87 per cent and 88 per cent respectively. The 55+ age group, however, is the most likely to say the holiday is too commercial at 91 per cent.

Only 13 per cent of Canadians think Christmas is too religious a holiday.

Fifty-one per cent of Canadians say Christmas' religious aspect is personally meaningful. Again, the 55+ age group, at 65 per cent, find it the most personally meaningful.

The same number, 51 per cent, will celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ on Dec. 25, though numbers are lower in Quebec (46 per cent) and among 18-to-34 year olds (43 per cent).

UPBRINGING

Sixty-four per cent of Canadians were raised in a church-attending Christian home, the survey says. Only 51 per cent of the 18-to-34 year old group reported this.

The lowest levels were in British Columbia and Alberta.

Interestingly, some of the results show the residual impact of Quebec's Catholic past. Thirty-two per cent of Quebecers will attend a religious service this December; while the total for Canada is only 27 per cent.

The highest levels of expected religious attendance are in Ontario at 48 per cent and Manitoba/Saskatchewan at 40 per cent. In British Columbia, only 18 per cent say they will attend church on Christmas.

Most Canadians (94 per cent) will celebrate a Christmas dinner. Seventy-seven per cent will put up a Christmas tree.

Sixty per cent of Canadians will donate food or money to a food bank; the same percentage will donate to another kind of charity that helps the poor.

Gift-giving also ranks high, with 88 per cent of Canadians saying they plan to exchange gifts over Christmas.

Ontarians are the most likely to work on Christmas Day (18 per cent), while Albertans were the least likely at five per cent.

The survey also asked how many would be singing Christmas carols (46 per cent); and how many would say grace before Christmas dinner (39 per cent).