Mexicans prefer to spend Christmas with family, survey

Almost all Mexicans will celebrate Christmas with family dinner, 88 of every 100 Mexicans recently surveyed said they planned to spend the holiday with their family, which is considered one of the most important holidays of the year in Mexico.

A telephone survey of 600 people from different parts of the country revealed that the holiday festivities are increasing, last year 82% of respondents said they planned on spending the day with family, while this year 88% said family was part of their holiday celebrations.

According to the survey by the Office of Strategic Communications (CGE), 97% of those who celebrate Christmas do so with family, 5.1% more than in 2014, the rest with friends or partners, and very few (0.2 per percent) will spend the holiday alone. The family celebration is gaining ground.

The dishes that dominate Christmas dinner are turkey dinners with 37%, 10% tamales, 9%; pozole, 7% chicken, 7% romeritos, 4% fish, 4% roast beef, the other remaining surveyed named other traditional Mexican dishes.

Over half of those survived, 53%, responded that the holiday was celebrated for religious reasons, 25% as a personal choice, and 22% a combination of religion and personal choice to celebrate.

Playing word association with the word Christmas, 24% associated the word with family; 16% with party; 9% with happiness and joy; 7% with the birth of Jesus; 6% spending; 5% with ornaments; 3% nostalgia or sadness; 3% with peace and love, and 2% with food. Less than 1% associated Santa with Christmas.



Puerto Vallarta News

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