CNN just released its annual poll of Americans focused on our stress levels around the holidays, and the results are actually pretty encouraging.
Americans aren’t quite as stressed this year as we have been in years past, and the reason appears to be a trend of taking a more measured and reasonable approach to this year’s holiday festivities by cutting out unnecessary hassle and expense.
1. Christmas is a lot less stressful this year
Only 30 percent of respondents are feeling a “great deal” or “fair amount” of stress this year. That’s quite a steep drop compared in Christmas 2005, when 86 percent of Americans reported feeling stress about Christmas.
2. Americans love their fake trees
Maybe you all aren’t feeling the Christmas stress because you aren’t worried about vacuuming up needles. Real trees with all of their fragrance and mess seem to be going the way of the VCR, with only 24 percent of poll respondents reporting they have a real tree, compared with a whopping 50 percent who put up an artificial tree this year.
3. Christmas cards losing popularity
Christmas cards seem to be going out of fashion too. Just over half ( 58 percent) of U.S. households sent out Christmas cards this year, down from 74 percent in 2006. Should we blame the slipping numbers on Facebook?
4. Christmas is as much a family holiday as religious one
A whopping majority of Americans say they celebrate Christmas — 95 percent.
Also, the number of folks who view Christmas as a strictly religious holiday is just behind the number who think of Christmas as a family holiday. In fact, 46 percent of respondents celebrate Christmas as a religious holiday while 47 percent skip the Christ in Christmas and just spend time with family and loved ones.
The CNN/ORC poll was conducted by interviewing more than 1,000 Americans by phone between December 18 and 21.