Last December we asked a series of questions on the importance of Christmas and other public holidays. I covered most of the questions in this blog around Easter on whether shops should be allowed to open on those days, but left one question out. Now seems like a better time to share the results of that question: 'what does Christmas mean to you'. It's a bit old now but I see no reason to think things would have changed all that much.
Results are from a UMR SAYit poll of n=1000 New Zealanders conduced in December 2013. The exact question was: "if you had to choose one, which of the following aspects of Christmas is more important to you - remembering the birth of Jesus Christ, or a time to be with family and friends".
- 20% chose 'remembering the birth of Jesus Christ'
- 80% went with 'a time to be with family and friends'.
I think we can see this as pretty clear evidence of the secularisation of New Zealand (as I've documented before here). We did force people to choose one option, and no doubt many Christians would have chosen both if we'd allowed them to, but what this does show is which of the two options people saw as the more important - and overwhelmingly that's spending time with family and friends.
There's not much difference in the demographics either, apart from age and rather surprisingly location.