THE TRANSATLANTIC MAGAZINE
With the holiday season in full swing, polling firm YouGov has published the results of surveys conducted in the US and the UK which offer some interesting insights on how Americans and Brits view Christmas.
One of the main elements of Christmas is, of course, the food. YouGov asked both Brits and Americans for their favorite parts of the Christmas Day meal, and perhaps surprisingly, it’s roast potatoes which come out on top on both sides of the Atlantic.
In the UK, 88% of respondents said they would be having roast potatoes on Christmas Day. In America, respondents were asked to rank their favorite parts of the meal through head to head duals, with roast potatoes winning the most duals, 77%, compared to 76% for mashed potatoes.
In the UK, 65% of Brits said they’d be tucking into pigs in blankets on Christmas Day. For those Americans unaware, pigs in blankets are sausages wrapped in bacon, a definite treat.
54% of Brits said their main Christmas day meat would be turkey, while in America, turkey ranked the third most popular part of the holiday meal, winning 73% of its duals.
Another foodie poll in the States found that chocolate chip cookies are favorite among Americans at Christmas. When examining the most popular Christmas cookies, 78% opted for chocolate chip cookies, 64% said sugar cookies, and in third place was fudge cookies with 63%.
America was also asked for its favorite Christmas songs. Joint first were ‘Silent Night’ and ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’, with 13% of respondents declaring them their favorite holiday tunes. Joint second place was shared by ‘O Holy Night’ and ‘Jingle Bell Rock’, both with 12%.
In another survey, YouGov found that 75% of Americans would put themselves on Santa’s nice list based on their behaviour during 2020. The survey also found that 4 in 5 Americans have a positive view of Santa, with 53% strongly approving of the work he’s doing.
A Merry Christmas from The American!