Christmas is the time of year when consumption soars throughout the market. Gifts and meetings with our loved ones mean that all families increase expenses within these very special months. However, inflation is leaving us all equally to take care of the health of our elders.
The survey carried out by Funcas reveals that 69% of families during Christmas Eve and 75% during Christmas have taken into account the impact of inflation on food products that reduce purchasing power at the tables of less wealthy workers. This forecast has also influenced the purchase of gifts. On average, spending is expected to be close to 195 euros with a favorable difference for women of 205 euros compared to 183 for men.
The much-desired bonuses are also going to be diminished by this inflation. From 45 to 65 years old, averages of 200 euros are expected, while members of the middle age between 25 and 34 years old will not receive more than 150 euros from their loved ones. It is known that the expected spending on gifts increases as the level of household income increases, for example, households with a monthly income of more than 3,000 euros will exceed 280 euros.
desire to party
Despite the discouraging data, Christmas is very popular in Spain and a large part of those surveyed, specifically 73%, consider that these festivities are essential, however these premises are more accepted by young women and those under 45. The main The reason for this “love for Christmas” is the great social nature that the family acquires during the months of December or January, since 62% affirm that it is the best time for meetings with loved ones, while 23% highlight the Christmas atmosphere in the neighbourhoods.
Only 8% have encouraged that their taste for Christmas is motivated by their religious beliefs. However, this data increases with the age of the respondents until it reaches 15% among the oldest people. On the other side of the coin, 40% of men and 50% of women prefer to avoid certain more personal topics during family gatherings.
The youngest are also the most conservative when it comes to talking about these issues, since the . The case of politics is the most delicate, since it represents 80% of the discussions that one wishes to avoid. If this percentage is calculated over the total sample surveyed, it is obtained that more than a third of Spaniards between the ages of 25 and 65 will try to evade politics during Christmas lunches or dinners.
This general consideration of ideology has caused only 3 out of 10 to choose to listen to the traditional speech offered by the King of Spain on December 24. In addition, 28% will see it live while 70% will choose to review it later or at another time.