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How is X-mas celebrated in your country?

27 Dec

Christmas isn’t nearly as big of a holiday in Japan as it is in western countries.
In Japan, New Years is the biggest holiday.

In Japan, Xmas is a regular workday and many people don’t even bother to celebrate it at all.
Generally speaking, X-mas Eve is considered a romantic evening for couples to go on a date…often to a place with X-mas Illumination, and either on X-mas Eve or X-mas Day families eat a Christmas dinner (often of Kentucky Fried Chicken).
Champagne and “Christmas cake” are popular parts of a X-mas dinner in Japan too.

Japanese X-mas cake (from "Fujiya")

To give you an idea of how X-mas is spent in Japan, some statistics from a poll taken by monitoring group conducting a poll of Japanese people (the respondents were a ratio of 50:50 male:female and between the ages of 20-60):

  • How do you spend Christmas?
    – Relax at home 45%
    – Nothing special 19%
    – Party at home 17%
    – Go on a date 10%
    – Go drinking 5%
    – Take a trip 4%

  • Who do you spend X-mas with?
    – Family 64%
    – Boyfriend / girlfriend 11%
    – Undecided 11%
    – Alone 8%
    – Friends 5%
    – Other 1%

  • What will you eat on X-mas? (multiple answers OK)
    – Christmas cake 61%
    – Roast chicken 53%
    – Fried chicken 47%
    – Pizza 39%
    – Salad 35%
    – Sushi 25%

  • What will you drink on X-mas? (multiple answers OK)
    – Beer 44%
    – Champagne 43%
    – Wine 36%
    – Other 29%

How important is Christmas in your country? What is your country’s biggest holiday?
How is X-mas celebrated in your country?