SOURCE: Research Now

Research Now

December 19, 2012 11:00 ET

The Anti-Scrooge Generation Study by Research Now and K&A BrandResearch

PLANO, TX--(Marketwire - Dec 19, 2012) -  A new study by Research Now and K&A BrandResearch reveals insights into how 12 to 17 year olds in the United States, the United Kingdom, Poland and Germany feel about Christmas.

The study found that this generation of teenagers is less cynical and more 'innocent' about Christmas and its traditions than might be expected. They enjoy giving presents as well as receiving them; and they like advent calendars, trees, decorations and planning ahead for Christmas.

What makes Christmas, Christmas?
The traditions of Christmas are important to this generation of teenagers. In spite of their age, the majority of British (76%) and German (85%) teenagers always have an advent calendar at Christmas. Christmas is just not Christmas without a tree -- 89% of teenagers across all markets agree that a tree is an essential part of the celebrations. And teenagers don't just love a bit of greenery -- 82% of UK and 84% of US teens also think Christmas decorations "are a must."

Please don't get me to the church on time
Teenagers think there is more to Christmas than just getting presents. Polish teens are the most altruistic; only 15% agree that Christmas is 'all about receiving presents,' whereas 35% of Brits, 29% of Americans and 28% of Germans agree. But although this generation of teenagers is more altruistic and traditional than adults might think, those attitudes do not extend to believing that Christmas is about Christianity or going to church on Christmas Day. 58% of Germans, 43% of British, and a third of Polish and Americans say they feel "Christmas has had nothing to do with beliefs for a long time."

Making a list and checking it twice
Making a Christmas wish list is a big part of the festivities for most teenagers. This generation likes to plan ahead -- 55% of Americans, 30% of British, 43% of Germans and 34% of Polish teenagers only want to receive the items they chose in advance for their Christmas lists as opposed to being surprised. American teens prefer money over presents; the Germans and Polish are not that keen on cash. All of the teenagers interviewed enjoy giving gifts during Christmas, as well as receiving them.

About the methodology
The study, conducted by Research Now and K&A BrandResearch, surveyed 2,490 teens aged 12 to 17. Respondents were recruited directly through their parents who provided consent for their teenager to participate in the study. To ensure a safe and robust sample, quotas were set on age and gender across all four markets.

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