Christmas isn’t just about snow-dusted landscapes and twinkling lights, though those play their part. It’s a story rooted in ancient rituals, a tapestry woven from threads of giving, feasting, and light-bringing festivals. From the Roman Saturnalia to the Yuletide revels of the Vikings, this spirit of warmth and togetherness has found its way through history, evolving, morphing, yet retaining its core.

Real Research, an online survey app, conducted the survey on Christmas Celebration 2023 to explore how the celebrations have evolved and what the latest trends are that people follow across the globe.

Keep reading to take a closer look into this kaleidoscope of celebrations.


  • 45.28% celebrate Christmas every year
  • 34.3% decorate a Christmas tree every year
  • 52.73% celebrate Christmas in their workplaces

Christmas Carols Echo Diversely

Nearly half (45.28%) of the Real Research respondents embraced the Christmas celebrations like a joyful chorus echoing generations past. Family, the bedrock of festivity, resonated strongest, with 31.03% gathering around this warm hearth to share love, laughter, and cherished memories.

Fig. 1: Response to Christmas celebrations

But like shifting notes in a complex harmony, not every voice joined the chorus. A third, 31.63%, had once hummed the tune but now opted for a different rhythm, their Christmas stories taking different turns. For 23.08%, Christmas was a festival they’d never celebrated.

Festive Cheer Spills Beyond the Hearth

Surprisingly, the workplace wasn’t devoid of festive cheer, with over 52.73% holding onto traditions like decorating with twinkling lights and exchanging Secret Santa gifts. This suggests that Christmas continues to permeate various facets of our lives, even beyond family gatherings. However, 47.27% confessed to never having experienced a Christmas celebration at the workplace.

Fig. 2: Celebrating Christmas at Workplace

Speaking of the much-loved Christmas tree, fascinating data emerged. 34.3% remained loyal, decorating this evergreen symbol of hope and joy every year. However, 32.83% had once decorated the Christmas trees but now let their branches stand bare, while 32.87% had never decorated the tree. This nuanced picture highlights the dynamic nature of tradition and the evolving ways of celebrating Christmas.

Christmas’s cultural and societal significance remained undeniable, with an overwhelming 63.60% acknowledging its relevance in their country of residence. This majority underscores the holiday’s enduring power to weave communities together in a shared spirit of goodwill.

No One Size Fits All for Holiday Cheer

Engaging in Christmas-themed activities also saw a dynamic spectrum. 38.07% belted out the carols of merrymaking with gusto, while 44.87% enjoyed the festivities to some extent.

Meanwhile, 17.07% preferred a quieter Christmas celebration. This range indicates that Christmas caters to diverse preferences and personalities, allowing each individual to find their own rhythm within the larger Christmas celebration.

Fig. 3: Enjoying participation in Christmas-themed activities

Home decoration emerged as a cherished tradition, with 83.27% embracing it with various levels of enthusiasm. From 21.67% going all out, transforming their houses into wonderlands, to 35.67% adding subtle festive touches, and 25.93% putting up wreaths and bells here and there around the house, decorating homes remained a popular way to express the Christmas spirit. Only 5.10% chose to keep their walls bare, opting out of the visual festivities altogether.

The timeless tradition of decorating for Christmas celebration retains its allure, with a roughly equal distribution across those who continue to celebrate year after year for generations, those with past affiliations, and those yet to partake.


Survey TitleSurvey on Christmas Celebration 2023
DurationDecember 20 – December 27, 2023
Number of Participants6,000
DemographicsMales and females, aged 21 to 99
Participating Countries Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Benin, Bolivia, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Chile, China, China (Hong Kong) China (Macao), China (Taiwan), Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Greanada, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Ivory Coast, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Libya, Lithuania, Malaysia, Maldives, Maluritania, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar [Burma], Namibia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen, Zimbabwe.