What's for Christmas this year

Christmas, New Years and New Years are approaching. But a lot is different this year. An ING survey shows that there is no reason for Germans to save on spending on the holidays. And: Despite the pandemic, it can be really cozy at home.

Everyone comes together around Christmas. Every year old traditions and customs come to life again: Advent singing together, drinking punch at the jam-packed Christmas market and lavish dinners in a large group. Nothing will come of it this year. Because of Corona.

The motto this year is therefore to be together in a smaller group on the festive days. The majority of Germans apparently do not want to save on the celebrations despite Corona. According to a representative survey by the ING, the majority of Germans (58%) plan to spend the same or even more money on Christmas and New Year celebrations than in previous years.

  • According to the survey, the Dutch are doing it in a similar way to the Germans: only 32% of them want to invest less in the end of year celebrations this year.
  • In comparison, the Spaniards and Romanians are frugal: here the majority (60% each) have their sights set on reducing spending for Christmas and New Year.

If you take a look at the expenses for gifts in particular, you will read that the Germans remain generous donors. According to the survey, the majority plan to spend at least as much money on gifts - 60% of those surveyed for children, 66% for partners or close family members.

But what are people giving away this year? The ranking of the presents looks like this:

  • Money (30% of respondents)
  • Vouchers (30%)
  • Clothing (18%)
  • Books (16%)
  • Homemade (15%)

Almost half of Germans (47%) will buy more gifts online this year than in shops because of Corona.

  • 70% of the respondents want to cover the costs of the celebrations from their current income,
  • 14% of their general savings,
  • 12% of the money they put aside specifically for the holidays and
  • 10% pay with their credit card.

When it comes to bargains, Germany is divided. More than one in three Germans (38%) say that they will be on the lookout for Christmas gifts. However, every fourth participant (27%) also replied that bargain hunting at Christmas is not of interest to them.

Which is a bit sad: Almost half of Germans (47%) state that they celebrate less Christmas than usual - because they want to keep their distance. 41% believe they will have less fun this year because of Covid-19. But even in times of Corona there are ways to experience a cozy Christmas season.

The Berlin child and adolescent psychotherapist Katharina Schiersch advises families to take all the more time in the weeks leading up to Christmas to do handicrafts or baking in a small group. “Even marzipan, sweets and roasted almonds can easily be made at home,” says Schiersch.

Do you miss the typical Christmas market food? Then prepare hot mushrooms, crêpes and punch in your kitchen, advises Melanie Gräßer, psychological psychotherapist in Lippstadt. The culinary delicacies can then be consumed at self-made “market stalls”. Another tip from Gräßer: A game during the Christmas season, the home rally.

Christmas time - many people also put a Christmas tree in their living room. And which decoration is trendy this year? Classic red and green? Or rather glitter and opulence? “Both,” says Gabriela Kaiser, trend scout and analyst from Landsberg am Lech in Bavaria. She believes that many will again opt for classic colors such as red, green and gold this year. “That gives us security in troubled times like now. There is a lot of family, tradition and security in it. "

By the way: As in previous years, the prices for Christmas trees in this country are largely constant. The Federal Association of Christmas Tree and Cut Green Producers in Germany calls a running meter price for

  • Nordmann firs from 20 to 27 euros
  • Blue firs from 12 to 16 euros
  • Spruce from 9 to 12 euros

The association expects that fewer families will travel over Christmas and more will want to celebrate at home with their own tree. The reassuring news: There are enough Christmas trees for everyone. Tips about the Christmas tree can be found here.