These days, it seems like the Christmas season starts the moment Halloween ends. Because retail stores dictate when Christmas trees and holiday promotions start flooding into their stores, the holiday season seems to have extended into a 2-month extravaganza. This influx of holiday decorations causes annual grumbling and groaning, but, of course, there’s also that special demographic that starts listening to Christmas music and decking the halls on November 1st. So who’s right?
In order to find out, we surveyed hundreds of people about their holiday decor preferences. This is what we found out:
In a not so surprising turn of events, Christmas was, by far, people’s favorite holiday to decorate for overall. Halloween was the only other holiday with a significant response, and even then, only 13% of people say they prefer decorating for Halloween over Christmas.
Nearly half of people start decorating for Christmas the day after Thanksgiving. However, Millennials are over twice as likely as Baby Boomers to decorate before Thanksgiving. Maybe this is because Millennials is the core demographic that extends the holiday season to its breaking point. But, who knows?
This may come as no surprise that women are more proactive than men when it comes to Christmas decorating. Women are 13.43% more likely than men to decorate sometime before December than men.
Most people prefer classic and old-fashioned holiday decor vs. the latest trends. Unsurprisingly, Baby Boomers are the most likely to prefer old-fashioned decor while Millennials are the most tolerant of modern holiday decor. Additionally, men are more old-fashioned in their holiday decor preferences than women.
Real Christmas trees are festive, gorgeous, and smell great, but are people still using them? According to our results, they aren’t: less than ⅓ of people opt for a real Christmas tree during the holidays. Baby Boomers were the least likely to use a real Christmas tree, while Millennials are the most likely to be willing to use a real tree. Women are 13% more likely to choose a fake tree than men.
Of course, movies and music are two major ways people get into the Christmas spirit. According to our respondents, the most popular song to listen to while decorating was the iconic “All I Want for Christmas is You” by Mariah Carey – no surprise there! Tied for second place were “Santa Claus is Coming to Town”, “White Christmas”, and “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year”.
As for movies, Home Alone was the most popular holiday movie, followed by A Christmas Story. How the Grinch Stole Christmas narrowly beat out Will Farrel’s classic performance in Elf.
Christmas inflatables are a divisive decor option, but not as divisive as we thought they would be. Almost 75% of people think they’re a festive addition, while only 25% of people think they’re tacky and irritating. Baby Boomers are the most likely to find inflatables tacky, while Millennials are the most likely to enjoy them.
Most people have never had to confront their neighbors about their decorations being too obnoxious. Of the regions, however, the West was the most likely to call out their neighbor for putting up decorations that are too exuberant for their taste.
When the holidays are over, it’s inevitable that someone will still have holiday decorations up until March. So we asked the question: when do people actually take down their decorations? Overall, most people take their decorations down on January 1st, and by the month after Christmas, nearly everyone says their holiday decor will be put away. Only 2% of people say their decor will stay up until Valentine’s day.
Millennials are the most likely generation to leave up their decorations until Valentine’s day, although only 3% of them say they would leave their decor up until Valentine’s day. The overwhelming majority of people, regardless of generation, tend to take their holiday decor home within the month after Christmas, and most of them take their decorations down by New Year’s Day.
The holidays are a joyous time of year, and almost without exception, people love decorating for them. We love seeing what our friends, neighbors, and favorite stores come up with to spread the holiday cheer and get in the mood. You can find our favorite ideas here!