Most Poles see Xmas as chance for building family ties

Over 75 percent pollees planned to prepare traditional Christmas meals, 69 percent plan to exchange Christmas gifts. Michał Walczak/PAP

Over two thirds of Poles in a Monday-published survey by the SW Research pollster see the Christmas season as a time for reinforcing family ties.

In the survey, run for the Family and Social Policy Ministry, most pollees said leisure time at Christmas allowed family contacts for which there was little time during the rest of the year.

Nearly two-thirds declared they would meet with family members over the Christmas period.

Over 75 percent said they planned to prepare traditional Christmas meals, 69 percent plan to exchange Christmas gifts.

Over 50 percent said they planned Christmas telephone calls to family members they will not be able to meet personally. Nearly one third said they would speak with family members via videolink .

Seventy two percent said they planned to put away their smartphones and not use social media over Christmas with the exception of contacts with family. Over 50 percent said they would spend less than two hours a day on their smartphones.

SW research ran the survey on December 8-9 on a random sample of 1,001 Poles aged over 16.