Culture Post: Holiday Survey Confirms It’s Better to Give Than Receive

*The following is excerpted from an online article posted by StudyFinds.

A new survey finds that nearly seven in 10 Americans (68%) are more excited to give gifts than receive them this holiday season.

As families look to reconnect with their loved ones this winter, two-thirds also agree that spending quality time with family is the highlight of their holidays.

A recent survey asked 2,005 Americans who celebrate a winter holiday to pinpoint what makes the season so joyful and found that 57 percent look forward to giving a greater number of gifts this year and have added more names than usual to their shopping lists.

The survey, conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Minted, explored the highlights of the holiday season and identified how people’s holiday values differ across generations. Almost half of millennial respondents (45%) say sending holiday cards is one of their favorite holiday activities, while over half (52%) of baby boomers think sharing gifts is the reason for the season.

While many Americans are looking forward to reconnecting with their loved ones, more boomers (72%) are looking forward to gathering with their friends and family than millennials (63%). During this year’s holiday downtime, nearly four in five Americans (78%) plan on breaking out the tried-and-true family traditions, while 68 percent of those respondents will be trying out brand-new traditions this year.

Source: StudyFinds

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[reposted by] Jim Liebelt

Jim is Senior Writer, Editor and Researcher for HomeWord. Jim has 40 years of experience as a youth and family ministry specialist, having served over the years as a pastor, author, consultant, mentor, trainer, college instructor, and speaker. Jim’s HomeWord culture blog also appears on and Jim and his wife Jenny live in Quincy, MA.

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