(WWJ) While it is not time to “deck the halls” just yet; Americans are already starting to think about how the holidays will look different amid the pandemic.
WWJ Business Editor Murray Feldman said a new survey from Morning Consult found 47% of adults questioned nationwide planned to cancel holiday parties.
The survey revealed 59% of people who identify as Democrat planned to pull the plug on their celebrations; compared to 39% of people who identify as Republican.
About 50% of people will switch their celebrations from in-person to online, according to the survey. People of higher income, and “higher education level”, as well as those residing in the western part of the country, were more likely to make the switch than their peers.
A whopping 74% of people said their holiday gatherings will be “smaller” than Christmases and Hanukahs past.
However, only 39% of Americans said they planned to spend less on gifts than usual. Nearly half said they will shop online.
Nearly two thirds said they were afraid to go to stores and be in close proximity with people who “weren’t taking the virus as seriously.”
Even COVID can’t cancel Christmas. 85% say they still plan to celebrate. Thanksgiving: 80%. New Year’s Eve: 51%.
But Halloween may be ghosted by the pandemic.
Only 42% of Americans surveyed said they will celebrate the spooky holiday this year. This comes as the Centers for Disease Control And Prevention (CDC) urged families to forgo trick-or-treating and Halloween parties.
The CDC suggested getting creative with lower risk activities including: a virtual costume contest; carving pumpkins outside with friends and neighbors while social distancing; having a scary movie night with the people in your household; or hiding candy around the house for a scavenger hunt rather than trick-or-treating.
More than 2,200 adults across the country were interviewed for the survey between September 1 and September 3.