Christmas traditions still honoured in Canada, says poll

Christmas lighting of the lights in Victoria Park in London, Ont. Friday Nov 30. 2012 (MIKE...

Christmas lighting of the lights in Victoria Park in London, Ont. Friday Nov 30. 2012 (MIKE HENSEN/QMI AGENCY)

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, Last Updated: 3:36 PM ET

Christmas traditions aren't changing much over the years, a new poll released Thursday suggests.

Most Canadians still plan to decorate their houses and eat a roast turkey for dinner, according to a survey of 1,505 Canadians, conducted by Abacas Data this week for QMI Agency.

"Most Canadians are still very traditional when it comes to Christmas, although the majority aren't celebrating it as a religious holiday," Abacus Data CEO David Coletto said.

Of the 1,346 people surveyed who said they planned to celebrate Christmas, 41% said they celebrate it as a religious holiday, with 50% celebrating it as a secular holiday and 9% unsure.

More than three-quarters of those celebrating Christmas (83%) plan to decorate their houses, and 75% said they will most likely roast a Christmas turkey to mark the occasion.

Another thing that hasn't budged much over the years, even as the country's ethnic makeup continues to change, is the way we greet each other over the holidays.

"Merry Christmas" is still the preferred expression, with 72% of Canadians saying it's the one they use to greet people over the course of the season.

The survey also asked Canadians to name one famous person they would choose to invite to Christmas dinner. Answers were spread out and ranged from political (Barack Obama, 5%, and Stephen Harper, 2%), to pop-culture (Celine Dion and Oprah Winfrey, 2%), to religious (Jesus, 2%, and the Dalai Lama, 1%).

The survey has a margin of error of 2.6%, 19 times out of 20.


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