… or pulling out baking supplies, so consider yourself warned! Readers came up with more than a couple of dozen songs they enjoy at this time of year, and I’m guessing that just seeing some of the titles may have you humming away. That’s the result of my latest weekend poll, in which I asked:
Have you begun gearing up for the holidays?
City sidewalks, busy sidewalks … 57% of you reported that, by the first weekend of December, you’d begun shopping for the holidays. While 10% of readers report that they can’t stand hearing Christmas songs in stores this early in December, 45% of you like it – and 25% of you say you love it.
It’s beginning to look a lot like … a time of celebration. While 14% of readers don’t decorate for the holidays, 10% of readers began in November. Readers in Milan follow a tradition of decorating on December 7th, and almost half the respondents had already begun decorating by this past weekend.
Silver bells … along with Christmas trees, fairy lights, reindeer ornaments, snow flakes, wicker snow animals and keepsake decorations that bring back fond memories all form part of readers’ holiday decorations.
To bake, or not to bake? Times change, and only 41% of readers reported that they’ll bake for the holidays. 36% of you will let someone else do the baking, and almost one in five readers simply don’t want or need baked goods.
If you’re among those who do enjoy baking … you may want to enter “Where in the world” in the search field you’ll see near the top of your screen. Last year, I hosted an online cookie exchange, and readers shared some of their favourite holiday recipes. Here are the links to some of last year’s recipe contributions:
- Boxing Day Pasties from England’s Jane Brazzill
- Hertzoggies from South Africa’s Susan Engelbrecht
- Koeksuster (Cake Sister) from South Africa’s Anel Martin
- Lime and Ginger Cheesecake from England’s Sherri Eckworth
- Norweigan Coconut Macaroons from Julia Schmidt of both Brazil and Norway
- Panacotta with Pumpkin and Strawberry from Turkey’s Filiz Yurttaser
- Panettone from Italy’s Michela Luoni
- Peppermint Bonbons from Canada’s Dawn Becker
- Vanillekipferle from Germany’s Angela Parker
- Victoria Sponge Cake (and more) from England’s Sherri Eckworth
What about those holiday playlists? Have a look at the data, below … and see what memories they evoke.
THE DATA: YOUR RESPONSES
Have you begun your gift shopping for the holidays?
- Yes: 57%
- No: 43%
When do you typically begin decorating for the holidays?
- 48%: First week of December
- 14%: Second week of December
- 14%: I don’t!
- 10%: In November
- 10%: Third week of December
- 4% selected “Other”. One person commented that the tradition in Milan is to decorate on December 7th.
DI asked readers to identify their favourite holiday decorations. Here’s what you said, in reducing frequency of mentions.
- Christmas tree
- Keepsake Christmas tree ornaments (“they bring back memories”)
- Fairy lights
- Electrical candles in the windows
- Table centrepieces
- Anything that reminds me of loved ones who are gone
- Bell ornaments
- A collection of reindeer ornaments
- My collection of wicker snow animals, that I put outside my front door
What’s your reaction to hearing Christmas songs in stores this early in December?
- 45%: I like it
- 25% I love it
- 20%: I’m neutral
- 10%: I can’t stand it
Do you bake for the holidays?
- 41% Yes, but I’ve not yet begun
- 24% No; I buy ours
- 18%: No; I don’t want/need baked goods
- 12%: No; a relative does the baking
- 6% selected “Other”. One person commented, “Not anymore”.
Will you be hosting a holiday dinner this year?
- 56%: Yes
- 44%: No
Looking for some Christmas songs to discover or rediscover? I asked readers to name their favourite songs. While you’ll find readers’ favs listed below in alphabetical order, the top three in terms of repeat mentions were Silent Night, The Christmas Song and White Christmas.
- 2,000 Miles (The Pretenders)
- Adeste Fidelis
- A Holly Jolly Christmas
- All I Want for Christmas is You
- “Do not have any”
- Fairy Tales of New York (The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl)
- Feliz Navidad
- Frosty the Snowman
- Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
- I’ll Be Home for Christmas
- It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas
- It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year
- Jingle Bell Rock
- Mannheim Steamroller Christmas
- Merry Xmas (War is Over)
- O Holy Night
- Please Come Home for Christmas
- Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree
- Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
- Run Rudolph Run
- Santa, Baby
- Santa Claus is Coming to Town (“Bruce Springsteen … makes me smile & sing along”)
- Silent Night
- Silver Bells
- The Bells of Christmas
- The Christmas Song (“Chestnuts roasting …”; “The Carpenters”)
- The Little Drummer Boy
- When Santa Got Stock Up the Chimney
- White Christmas
- Wonderful Christmas Time (Paul McCartney)