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Merry Christmas, movie house! Merry Christmas, Emporium! Merry Christmas, you wonderful old Building and Loan!

Just in time for your holiday soirées, we’ve conducted another of our popular Party Polls to reveal the answers to several age-old holiday questions. This time, we commissioned a leading independent research firm to query 1,076 men and women nationwide, ages 30-60, with incomes ranging from $50,000 to $150,000 or more, about their holiday entertaining proclivities. Grab your Glogg, sugar-plum, and listen in as we reveal the findings of our Holiday 2014 Party Poll:

  • No, most people (80 percent) do not like fruitcake.
  • No, most people (51 percent) do not like eggnog.
  • Yes, for most people (60 percent), the holidays are their favorite time of the year for hosting and attending parties: 63 percent will host a holiday party this year while 59 percent will attend between three and nine holiday gatherings.
  • Yes, most people (73 percent) re-gift during the holidays, that is they pass along to others gifts that were given to them. Bottles of wine, gift cards and candles are the most often re-gifted items. A surprising 38 percent of those surveyed said they know they have been on the receiving end of a re-gift because they found a card inside that was written to the gift giver – oopsies!
  • Yes, George Clooney is the man most women would like to kiss under the mistletoe, while most men would like to smooch Scarlett Johansson.


Speaking of snogging, there appears to be a surprising amount of it going on at office parties. Twenty percent of those queried – the vast majority of whom have college or advanced degrees – admit to kissing or having a sexual encounter of some kind with a boss or co-worker at an office party. Goodness gracious, darlin’, hold the Santa Punch, will you? Thirty-six percent admitted to flirting with their boss, coworker or a coworker’s significant other and, not surprisingly, 28 percent of those queried say they’ve gotten sloshed at an office party.

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As for New Year’s Eve, apparently, most people are a bit enervated by then. Most of those surveyed (62 percent) said they prefer to stay in on New Year’s Eve, although a randy five percent said they like to go out and whoop it up on New Year’s Eve simply because it’s a fun excuse to kiss people other than their significant other. Oh my.

Of the 1,076 people nationwide who answered the questions in our Holiday 2014 Party Poll, 518 were men and 558 were women. The survey has a margin of error of +/- five percent.

Introductory photo: Loretta Young
Introductory quote: It’s a Wonderful Life, 1946
Additional photos: Joseph Cotten and Ginger Rogers, Janet Leigh

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