Poles to spend less this Christmas indicates survey

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For many Poles, spending on Christmas this year will be more modest than last, a new survey shows.

A new Quality Watch study for BIG InfoMonitor shows that 42 percent of those polled plan to spend less this Christmas than last year. Moreover, 49 percent of people over the age of 65 indicated that their spending would be more modest this holiday season.

According to the survey, Poles will spend an average of PLN 1,157 (EUR 249) to organize Christmas this year and the largest part of this amount (PLN 431 or EUR 93) will go towards the purchase of presents.

Respondents with children (46 percent) plan to spend less this year than those without children (37 percent). On the other hand, 56 percent of Poles said this year's Christmas spending would remain the same as it was last year.

Of the 65 percent of pollees who said that they would spend less this year, 31 percent declared they would save on food, with the largest group, 42 percent, made up of seniors. Many senior citizens will not be able to prepare the 12 traditional Christmas Eve dishes this year due to rises in food prices.

Nearly one-third of those surveyed (30 percent) said they would not give expensive presents to their loved ones this holiday season.

In addition, 19 percent of respondents indicated that that they would not buy a Christmas tree or decorations this year.

The Quality Watch study for BIG InfoMonitor was conducted on a sample of 1,042 adults on December 9-12, 2022.