Every year again

Live in Lower Saxony, are male, single and between 20 and 39 years old? Then you have luck, celebrate in all probability carefree Christmas and save also still money thereby. Because newest studies prove: Residents in the north of the republic suffer less frequently from "Christmas melancholy". Sounds strange? But is so.

Single men under 40 also attach little importance to more or less expensive holiday decorations such as Advent wreaths, elaborate light installations or Christmas trees. At least if you believe the statistics that come down on the Germans every year before the holidays.

Some findings are so blatantly banal that it's almost comical again. According to a survey by "Apotheken Umschau," a majority of Germans appreciate home-baked goods during Advent. Who would have thought it? While there are no differences between the sexes when it comes to the consumption of butter cookies and cinnamon stars, the production of these delicacies is mostly a female affair, even in our day: According to the study, only one in ten men gets lost in the Christmas bakery.

The purchase of gifts is also mostly on the account of women. This is the result of a recently published Forsa survey. In three out of four partnerships, the ladies provided the gifts, it was said. At least the female interviewees themselves see that in such a way, the opinion researchers limited their finding immediately. Sometimes it's just a matter of numbers. Finally, in the same survey, 43 percent of men also said they were actively involved in the gift selection process.

Those who rush to the city to buy a gift in the crowded pedestrian zones may be on the wrong track. Most people, 56 percent to be exact, are happy to receive homemade gifts, and gift certificates are also very popular with many. It is therefore almost tragic that completely different things end up on German gift tables. Around 53 percent of Germans prefer to give relatives and friends something practical, such as socks or household helpers.

Sausages with potato salt
By the time Christmas comes around, consumers in this country have spent an average of about 244 euros on gifts and look forward to a simple meal on Silent Night. For most of those surveyed, a simple classic dish is on the plate on Christmas Eve, for example sausages with potato salad. A firmly calculated item for the food industry. The consumption of mulled wine and Christmas stollen, on the other hand, still seems to have room for improvement due to the mild weather so far: In September and October, retailers sold 1.2 million stollen and 8.500 hectoliters of mulled wine less than in the same period last year, Focus magazine reported.

Despite this statistical outlier, most German consumers can be relied upon to make a decision. A – real – Christmas tree is very pleasing to a majority, preferably with electric candles, for safety's sake: At the Weihnachtsbaume the lights burn. The only thing missing is an up-to-date list of the most popular Christmas songs. Actually, a nice task for RTL all-purpose weapon Oliver Geiben, who also provides TV viewers with the greatest hits of the 80s and 90s for the rest of the year.

Church services get fuller – at Christmas
Was there anything else? Oh yes – Christians commemorate the birth of Jesus at Christmas. This may sometimes get lost in all the consumer hustle and bustle. But there is also a survey on this topic. For 24 percent, the religious aspect plays a particularly important role. Almost every second German wants to go to church at Christmas. According to an Emnid survey published on Sunday by the news magazine "Focus," 46 percent of Germans plan to do so. That's 6 percent more than last year. Among the over-65s, the proportion of Christmas churchgoers is above average at more than 52 percent.

In contrast, men and women between the ages of 30 and 39 will be the least represented at Christmas services. 62 percent of this age group said they did not want to go to church. According to the survey, 63 percent of Germans believe in God. 59 percent also believe that Jesus is the Son of God. And 48 percent that there is life after death.

Broken down by party preference, belief in God is strongest among Union supporters at 74 percent, but a majority of Greens (61), SPD, (58) and FDP (54) are also believers. Among supporters of the "Die Linke" party, 39 percent believe in God. According to the survey, only one in six Germans regularly reads the Bible. Five percent said they frequently take the Bible in hand. Twelve percent said they read in it now and then. A third of Germans do so rather rarely and half never.

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